All caregivers, whether providing around the clock care or periodic care and visits, are at risk for caregiver burnout and negative health impacts for themselves.  Home healthcare providers can be the answer to preventing caregiver burnout.  Providing elderly assistance and engaging in professional home nursing care can reduce the likelihood that a caregiver will be at risk for losing the ability to provide care to their loved one.  Caregiver burnout is the greatest factor determining the need to move a client from their home into skilled nursing care.  Symptoms of caregiver burnout may include:

  • Demonstrating a lack of time and attention to care for self
  • Experiencing changes in appetite or weight
  • Feeling exhausted
  • Getting sick easily
  • Noticing a lack of energy
  • Experiencing changes in sleep patterns
  • Having a short temper
  • Being easily frustrated and overwhelmed
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Experiencing symptoms of depression
  • Having a disinterest in activities and hobbies
  • Disengaging from others and life in general
  • Feeling that everything you do revolves around caregiving

For more information regarding Caregiver Burnout view our newsletter Professional Caregivers: When, Why and How to Choose.