Caregiving is a difficult and often thankless job. Even when appreciated by the family, the day to day demands of the patient can become overwhelming. This is especially true when caring for a patient with dementia or other mentally incapacitating illness.
Even when caring for a senior or elderly individual in good health, you may be subjected to rude, inappropriate or demeaning behavior. That fact is your patient is human and will have moments of irritability, pain or frustration and you are there. You must always remember it is the illness causing the patient to lash out. It is not an adequate reflection on the level of care provided or on your abilities or skills. Do not take it to heart, focus on the good you are doing and the benefits you provide to your patient.
It’s not unusual for Caregivers to burn out in this emotionally and physically demanding profession. Be sure to pay attention to the warning signs and get the support you need before it affects your health or the health of the patient.
Emotional warning signs:
Physical warning signs:
Behavioral warning signs:
If you feel you may be burning out or overstressed, get help today. There are many support groups for Caregivers that will help you through this problem.
Here are some techniques that you can do:
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