Being a caregiver of an aging adult and someone living with dementia can be fulfilling and joyful but also comes with sleepless nights and emotionally exhausting. When you experience caregiver burnout you are more likely to get sick and have an increase in health conditions. Good news! There are ways you can reduce caregiver burnout and decrease health risks. It's hard to put yourself first before the person you are caregiving for, BUT as once said, "You can't pour from an empty cup. You have to take care of yourself first."
Rest & recharge your batteries. In getting that full rest, you will be more patient and less stressed because you will have a clear mind and a better outlook.
Take time off. Take some time to yourself by asking families, friends, or in home care company to watch your loved one for a bit. Go shopping, get a massage, exercise, or visit other friends. Do something YOU enjoy doing!
Respite care. There are many communities, like Meadowview, that offer short-term respite stays. This gives the caregiver a break, to catch up on sleep, or go out of town for an extended time to visit family or friends.
There a many signs to look out for if you think you are experiencing caregiver burnout out. Some of those signs may be:
Raising your voice at your loved one.
Becoming impatient with cares.
Increase irritation or frustration over little things.
Your own physical and mental health is declining.
Family dysfunction within your own family.
If you think you are experiencing some of these signs, contact Danielle at The Views Senior Living of Cedar Rapids, to find out how you can take advantage of our respite stay option for your loved one.