Mar 23, 2021 by Danielle Andersen
You work around the clock to care for your loved one. You’ve invested significant amounts of time and energy into caring for them, making their health and wellbeing your number one priority. You should feel fulfilled in caring for your parent or family member, right? So, why do you feel completely defeated, exhausted and rundown? It could be because of caregiver burnout.
Caregiver burnout is described as a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion where you may experience feelings of anxiety, depression and extreme fatigue. Caregiver burnout can likely occur if you are caring for someone else and not getting the help you need, or if you’re trying to do more than you are able to.
It’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed and burned out when caring for a loved one, especially if you’re already working full time or have children to take care of. To overcome caregiver burnout, it’s important to identify what has caused it and learn ways to avoid it in the future.
Experiencing caregiver burnout can look a lot like extreme stress or depression. Some signs that you may be experiencing burnout include:
Caregiver burnout can be caused by a variety of factors and scenarios. These can include the following:
There’s always opportunities to recover from and avoid caregiver burnout. The following three techniques can help you avoid burnout altogether and provide care to your loved one without sacrificing your personal health:
At Knute Nelson, we understand that caregiving can be a rewarding, yet stressful role to take on and that the danger of burnout is real. That’s why we offer respite care, a short-term stay at one of our senior living communities. Your loved one will receive personalized care and be able to take part in our community activities and events, while you enjoy a much-deserved break.
If you are no longer able to care for your loved one in the way they require, Knute Nelson offers a multitude of senior care options to meet their unique needs. From independent living to home care, you can rest assured that your loved one will be well cared for by our team at Knute Nelson.
Contact us today or call us at (320) 763-1600 to learn more about our senior living options and everything we do to ensure our residents and patients receive the care they deserve.