Posted by: dlip | February 4, 2010

Caregiver Burnout & More

Found! A new site for caregivers.

It has a lot of useful information for caregivers. Tips like those below to recognize if you’re heading for a burnout and the little things you can do to feel that you’re that much more able to cope.

The question in India – where do you get professional help? I send this out as a clarion call. Community groups, churches, friends, family. Please form a support group. Give the primary caregiver a break. Help him or her to pull away from the stroke or other victim with the full knowledge and in the peace of mind that all will be well while he/she is away “indulging” in a little “me time.” Even if it is just an hour it will be well worth it to strengthen the carer’s capacity to care, which as he or she has already abundantly shown is deep and abiding.

Common warning signs of caregiver burnout:

▪     You have much less energy than you used to

▪     It seems like you catch every cold or flu that’s going around

▪     You’re constantly exhausted, even after sleeping or taking a break

▪     You neglect your own needs, either because you’re too busy or you don’t care anymore

▪     Your life revolves around caregiving, but it gives you little satisfaction

▪     You have trouble relaxing, even when help is available

▪     You’re increasingly impatient and irritable with the person you’re caring for

You feel overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless.

For more support help click the link below

http://www.helpguide.org/elder/caring_for_caregivers.htm

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