For months now you’ve been taking care of your aging in place elderly mother by yourself. At first everything was going well, but lately you’ve felt tired, rushed and irritable. Mom has noticed the change, and so have your spouse and kids. Now your job performance is suffering, and your boss is starting to lose patience. Is it possible that you’ve got a case of “caregiver burnout”?
Although caregiving is highly rewarding, it can also be stressful and frustrating at times. Continuing to think about caregiving responsibilities after you return home is not only detrimental to your own health and wellbeing, it can also place relationships with your spouse and kids at risk.
Over two million Americans between the ages of 45 and 56 now find themselves trying to juggle a career, care for an aging parent, and raise kids. If you’re currently caught up in the Sandwich Generation, here are some proven ways to make it work.
Serving as an in-home caregiver can be a very positive and rewarding experience. But it can also wear you down, especially when it seems like no matter how hard you try, their condition just keeps getting worse. If you’re not careful, fatigue, anxiety or even caregiver burnout, can occur, which will carry over into your personal and professional lives. Even the most dedicated caregivers sometimes need a break, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. How will you know when it’s time to consider respite care? Use these red flags to guide your decision.
Caring for an elderly family member who’s still aging in place at home is rewarding, but there will be days it’s stressful, and physically and emotionally draining. Your health and wellbeing as a caregiver are just as important as those of the senior you’re taking care of. Remaining positive on bad days is not easy, but doing so will benefit you and your loved one in the following ways.
The challenge of caregiving is only compounded by the difficulty of trying to help our loved ones from a distance. The result is usually tainted by long-distance caregiver guilt that can leave one feeling both emotional and overwhelmed. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be a permanent reality. Finding options to help lessen your burden while also making sure your parents’ needs are being met is possible, if you’re open minded and flexible.