Are you providing Elderly Care or provide Support for Senior in your life? The chance for burning out is a realistic one. The Fraser Health Authority published a useful guide or handbook for Care Givers. In this handbook they identify 8 symptoms of burnout related to being a care provider.
“Everything seems like just too much”
“I just don’t care anymore.”
Let us help take care of some of the mundane tasks in your life or that of a loved one you are caring for. Enabling you to focus on quality family time, take some time off and have some ‘me’ time.
- Exhaustion or lack of energy, as in not wanting to get out of bed in the morning. Everything seems,including even the simplest of chores, like just too much. Nothing seems to bring pleasure, including previous activities, friends or activities.
- Sleeplessness, caused by the worries of caregiving, or actual sleep loss due to caregiving duties.
- Irritability, and mood swings, increased anger at the person being cared for, or at the health team, or the “system” in general.
- Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks.
- Social withdrawal and feeling that no one else under stands, or no one is there anymore to listen.
- Anxiety about facing another day, wondering how you will continue in the same intensity of care giving, especially knowing that the needs of your loved one are slowly but surely increasing. You may have come to the point where you are experiencing loss of faith or hope for your situation.
- Thoughts of “I just don’t care anymore.”
- Health problems of your own, such as headaches, stomach aches, chest pains