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When a loved one ages and needs more care and attention, a family member or friend will often step up to offer their assistance. This is an incredibly admirable thing and certainly can be rewarding. However, it can be common for caregivers to experience what is called Caregiver Stress Syndrome, a serious condition that can put both the caregiver and their loved one at risk. As leaders in senior care and wellness, Spring Hills can help you distinguish if this may be happening and can help you find the help or relief you may need.
Also known as caregiver burnout, fatigue, or depression, this condition occurs when a caregiver becomes physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted. Their attitude may turn bleak and uncaring, simply because they don’t have the energy to live up to the daily demands of caring for a loved one. This is especially prevalent among the many caregivers who are balancing work and other family responsibilities.
At its core, Caregiver Stress Syndrome is caused by self-neglect. Family members or family friends sometimes try to do more than they are able and don’t get the help that they need. Many times, they will also have feelings of guilt about taking time for themselves instead of dedicating it to their loved one. Contributing factors include:
As a caregiver, it is important to make sure you also take care of yourself. Remember that you, yourself, are important! Chances are, your loved one would never want you to feel stressed or burned out. Here are a few things you can do:
Feeling frustrated or overwhelmed does not make you a bad caregiver. In fact, knowing when to ask for help makes you a smart and responsible caregiver. Spring Hills can help you and your loved one through its respite home care for seniors, allowing you well deserved time for yourself. Spring Hills will also be there if or when the time comes that your loved one needs the care that can only be provided by an assisted living facility.