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How Caregivers Can Recover from Burnout

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on

Many caregivers become mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. By making a few changes to enhance their life balance, caregiver burnout is an issue they can prevent. Here are a few ways to recover from caregiver burnout.  

Reconnect with Yourself

After you have experienced caregiver burnout, you may become less empathetic toward your senior loved one. It is normal for family caregivers to withdraw from the seniors in their care. However, reconnecting with yourself is one of the steps you will need to take when recovering from caregiver burnout. Ask yourself who you are outside of being a caregiver and what you need to do to take care of yourself. You will also need to determine what made you want to become a caregiver.

Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Rhode Island Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.

Take Time Off 

Even when your body feels great, take time away. Remember caregiver burnout doesn’t happen instantly. It is exhaustion that has built up over time. Therefore, you need to take breaks, go on vacation, spend time with friends, and relax. Your breaks may need to be longer than a few hours each day. With more help from your family members or a professional caregiver, it will be easier to schedule time off on a regular basis. 

A professional caregiver is the perfect option if your loved one wishes to age in place. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Rhode Island Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.

Join a Support Group

Sign up for a support group to get more tips and advice pertaining to the road to recovery. Many caregiver support groups are led by trained professionals in the healthcare industry. They have the knowledge and experience to support you through the recovery process. In addition to receiving tips on how you can readjust and handle life after caregiver burnout, the groups offer support and encourage speaking about what led to burnout. You can be as open as you would like without feeling guilty, embarrassed, or ashamed. 

Develop a New Mindset 

Most family caregivers experience burnout because they believe caregiving is something that has to consume their lives. As a result, caregivers cut off everything they deem unnecessary for fear that it won’t fit into their busy schedules. This includes doing activities that lower stress, taking breaks to rest, and taking the time to consider caregiving strategies from family, friends, and healthcare professionals. By readjusting your mindset, it may be easier to manage stress going forward. On the road to recovery, you will need to become more resilient and develop habits and strategies that combat stress. 

Use More Resources 

During the recovery stage, hire respite care for your loved one. Do not be in a rush to resume your caregiver role. Instead, take time to create a schedule that will be easier on you. You can also take advantage of adult day programs or local volunteer companions. These resources provide assistance while your body and mind are readjusting. You will also need to use these resources going forward to prevent caregiver burnout from occurring again.

Family caregivers sometimes need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. When they need respite care, Rhode Island families can rely on professional caregivers to help their senior loved ones remain safe at home. To learn about our high-quality senior care plans, give Home Care Assistance a call at (401) 284-0979 today.