Caring for your aging family member is demanding. If you have a spouse, children, grandchildren, and a job, you understand the balancing act between parenting your kids and parenting your Mom or Dad. The stress of making sure everyone is looked after can send you spiraling in a cesspool of guilt and frustration. Often, problems feel exacerbated when you can never get time alone to recoup from the demands placed on you.
Caregiver burnout is real, and it threatens your physical, mental, and emotional health. This exhaustive state is not the place you want to spend a lot of time. When you are ready for a break but fear leaving Mom or Dad on their own, a Home Instead Senior Care Personal Support Worker (PSW) can provide respite care and alleviate your worry.
You have your job cut out for you, and you are not afraid to take on the challenge. However, without recognizing the signs of caregiver burnout, your breaking point may come leaving hurt feelings and rifts in relationships. Here are some warnings that you are headed to burnout:
Recovering from burnout is not easy, but it can be done. First, you may want to readjust your mindset. At this point, you may find yourself thinking that your duties have consumed your life leaving you little time for relaxing. While that may be the case, the remedy is to find ways to recharge your batteries. So, learn to accept that relaxing is OK and will make you a better caregiver, then you can move on to the next step.
Next, you need to make time for yourself on a regular basis. Enlisting in the help of a personal support worker will offer you the opportunity to enjoy old hobbies or rebuild relationships long neglected, and your parent will be safe.
Recover from caregiver burnout so you can care for your senior loved one and family better.
The stress and wear on your emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing should not be overlooked. Instead, take charge of your needs with senior care help from Home Instead Senior Care Etobicoke, our PSWs work with families to ensure everyone can enjoy this season of life.
Call us at (416) 239-2200 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in our Etobicoke community.