Nowadays, it is common to feel pulled in many directions as you juggle family responsibilities, your job and caring for an older loved one. According to the Administration for Community Living, nearly 80% of aging adults receive care from an “unpaid caregiver” or someone who is a family member, friend or neighbor. An unpaid caregiver averages about 20 hours per week of giving financial, emotional, social, physical and other forms of support including personal care help like feeding or hygiene assistance.
Caregiving is rewarding but can be challenging, especially over time. As much as it brings joy to help a loved one, it can take a toll emotionally and physically. It is important to know the signs of caregiver burnout. Early signs of caregiver burnout can include:
- Changes in appetite and sleep patterns
- Feelings of depression or hopelessness
- A sense of fatigue or lack of energy
- Mood swings, impatience, irritability or argumentative behavior
- Lowered resistance to illness
- Withdrawing from friends, family and other loved ones
- Lack of interest in favorite activities
- Everyday things feel challenging to accomplish
- Not taking care of your own emotional or physical needs
- Emotional and physical exhaustion
- Difficulty in focusing
- Growing sense of feeling resentful
There are ways to mitigate caregiver burnout. If you are considering senior care solutions but feel overwhelmed by the many options, CarePatrol of Boca Raton and North Broward can help. Founded in 1993 by a medical social worker who observed the trauma of a family whose loved one moved into the wrong type of community, CarePatrol’s mission has always been to provide families with a less stressful and simplified way to find senior care options. As a pioneer of senior care advisory services, CarePatrol is the nation’s largest and most trusted organization of its kind in senior care.
CarePatrol has been making the process easier for families for 30 years. By asking the right questions, they are able to match a senior with the care options that meet their needs, including their desires, medical needs and budget. With over 20,000 pre-screened communities across the country, a CarePatrol Senior Care Advisor matches a senior with possibilities in assisted living, independent living, memory care, nursing homes or more. Your Senior Care Advisor is part of your team, scheduling and accompanying you on community tours and minimizing stress during move-in day. If needs change in the future, CarePatrol helps you explore new options. Best of all, CarePatrol’s services are at no cost to the senior and their family.