How Can You Prevent Caregiver Burnout?

If you are considering becoming a family caregiver for your elderly parent, or you have recently started such a journey, it is extremely important that you pay close attention to your own needs and well-being so that you can avoid potentially serious consequences. One of the most serious complications that you can face is caregiver burnout. This is total mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion that can lead to disconnection, loss of motivation, and other consequences. Fortunately there are ways that you can protect yourself from this serious issue.

Homecare Brighton NY - How Can You Prevent Caregiver Burnout?

Homecare Brighton NY – How Can You Prevent Caregiver Burnout?

Some things that you can do to prevent caregiver burnout include:

• Recognize your risk factors. Some people are at greater risk of suffering burnout. If you are female, suffer from depression, did not want to be a caregiver, or are living with your elderly parent, you are at greater risk. Being aware of this can help you to better pay attention to your needs and potentially prevent the issue.

• Seek social support. Not having social support is a major risk factor for burnout. Seek out someone who you care about and trust, such as your partner, a neighbor, or a friend, who you can talk to about what you are going through, and who you can spend time with away from your care efforts.

Set goals. It is easy to feel out of control when you are caring for an elderly adult. Setting goals and pursuing those is a way to give your care efforts structure and allow you to have a sense of accomplishment as you get through each of these goals.

• Schedule time for yourself. When you are coming up with your schedule for the month, week, or even day, do not forget about yourself. Schedule time that you will devote to yourself and your own needs, and follow through with that schedule as much as you would any other task or obligation.

• Accept your limitations. You may want to do everything for your parent and have difficulty trusting your loved one’s needs to anyone else. Most likely, however, you cannot take on all of these needs yourself. This is especially true if you are caring for your children, managing a career, and maintaining a household. Accept your limitations and be willing to seek help so that everything is fulfilled properly without sacrificing results.

If you have been looking for ways to enhance your aging parent’s quality of life and ensure that they get all of the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need throughout their later years, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder homecare for them.

An elderly homecare services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they are with them as much as they need to be, while also keeping you at the forefront of their care routine. Through a set of highly personalized services your parent can maintain a high level of physical activity, engage with the world around them, keep their mind active, and support as much independence as possible as they age in place.

As their family caregiver this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that even when you are not able to be with your parent, they are still in good hands.

Sources:  http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs381/en/
https://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Media/Infographics/GeneralMHFacts.pdf
https://www.caregiver.org/pilotIntegration/indexPersistent.html?uri=%2Fcaregiver-health

If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Brighton NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)