The role of a caregiver can be an extremely fulfilling experience. There are, however, many challenges that are associated with maintaining this role for extended periods while trying to maintain your everyday activities. Caregivers often need to balance their caregiving responsibilities, their family’s needs and in many cases even paid employment. These caregivers often find themselves in situations where they lack not only skills but also the resources to cope with the demands of caregiving, thus leading to caregiver burnout.

Caregiver Burnout

What is Caregiver Burnout?

Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. According to a recent survey over 8 million people across Canada have taken on the role of caregiver for an aging or health-challenged loved one, which is approximately 25% of Canada’s population.
These numbers are staggering. In fact, most of us at some point in our lives will care for a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, disability or problems related to aging.

What are the symptoms of Caregiver Burnout?

The symptoms of caregiver burnout are similar to the symptoms of stress and depression. These symptoms can include:

  •  Withdrawl from family and friends
  •  Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Feelings of depression
  • Changes in appetite, weight or both
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Feelings of resentment or self-harm
  • Irritability
  • Emotional and physical exhaustion

Self-Care

Combating Caregiver Burnout with Respite Care

Using short-term or “respite” care stays can be a highly effective way of combating caregiver burnout. Respite care stays allow caregivers a break from the day-to-day tasks of caring for someone else.

Along with respite care, there are other ways to help relieve the stress of being a primary caregiver, including:

  • Self-Care such as meditation and regular physical activity
  • Help from friends and family members
  • Support Groups
  • Adult Daycare

How can the Hamlets at Deer Park help?

Respite care helps relieve the pressure of being a long-term caregiver, and that’s good for both you and your loved one. Let the Hamlets at Deer Park tend to the needs of your loved one for a day or two or even a week or two so you can take care of yourself.

Give us a call at 403-309-6333 or email us at info@thehamletsatdeerpark.ca for more information about our Respite Care options.

Resource Links:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/10691251_Differences_between_caregivers_and_noncaregivers_in_psychological_health_and_physical_health_A_meta-analysis

http://www.bcli.org/sites/default/files/FamilyCaregivingReport.pdf

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/en/pub/89-652-x/89-652-x2013001-eng.pdf?st=driZBG7

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