Family Caregiver Burnout: Symptoms and Prevention

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What is “caregiver burnout?” The Cleveland Clinic describes it as a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude -- from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Here at The Springs Living, we see this quite often and have a lot of experience guiding family members through their emotions when they contact us.

It’s important to know that you’re not alone, and we’re here to help! Our professional staff is well trained in caring for your loved ones and putting you at ease as well, by providing you with the resources you need. Our goal is to bring back your familiar relationship with your loved one- in most cases, that means you get to be the “daughter” or “son” again and your loved one gets to be “mom” or “dad.”

In many cases it’s only in retrospect that we realize – we may have waited too long to seek outside help for our aging loved one.

If you have become the primary family caregiver for your loved one, it may be time to consider seeking additional support from professionals who understand how you may be feeling. Perhaps you’re noticing changes in yourself, or someone close to you has noticed you’re not quite the same person. According to The Cleveland Clinic, the symptoms of family caregiver burnout include:

  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and other loved ones
  • Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
  • Feeling blue, hopeless and helpless
  • Changes in appetite, weight, or both
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Getting sick more often
  • Feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or the person for whom you are caring
  • Emotional and physical exhaustion
  • Irritability

To us, a senior community is much more than a place to live, it’s where people can continue doing the things they love to do and explore new activities. Living well includes fitness for the body, stimulation for the brain and nutritious meals full of flavor and appeal. At The Springs Living, your loved one may benefit from group activities and the personal attention from a caring, professionally trained staff.

For seniors with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, families find comfort in The Springs Living Footsteps® memory care. Here, all the senses are engaged to provide purpose and enjoyment during this challenging life journey. We walk with families through the journey of memory loss with genuine understanding and increasing support as skills and relationships change.

Wherever you are on your journey, The Springs Living can provide the support and comfort you might be seeking, plus answer any additional questions you have about caring for your loved one. You’re in good company with the dozens of other family care givers we’ve met along the way who were seeking the right balance for their own busy lives and the changing needs of their loved one. Contact us to learn more and become part of a supportive community.