Over at Geriatric Care Management (what a great URL she has, too!) Maria Basso Lipani has a great article about managing the stress that arises from being a caregiver for your aging parents. As she says, ““Caregiver burnout” is just a fancy term for exhaustion”, and, ” Any number of things related to caring for your aging parent can cause you to feel like you’re at the end of the proverbial rope including:
- your relationship with your parent
- elements of your work life/family life which are separate from, but inextricably linked to, your caregiving and of course…
- the myriad experiences inside the elder care maze”
You can cope with the exhaustion and stress that comes from being a caregiver for your loved ones is to take care of yourself in reasonable ways. For example, you can take “breaks” from the caregiving job by having “respite care” come in periodically. Respite care is a fancy term for “relief caregivers”, where you have home care workers such as caregivers, home care aides, and personal attendants come in for periods of time to take over while you take a break. A Servant’s Heart Care Solutions provides such respite care in North San Diego County to many families.
For the complete article, see How To Avoid Caregiver Burnout