If you are a caregiver, this COVID-19 pandemic may have you feeling like your cup has been turned upside down. Perhaps you are working from home, maybe even teaching and caring for your children at the same time. And it’s all happening under one roof. Where do you find respite?
Sometimes we are so concerned with taking care of the needs of others that we are too busy and distracted to notice the toll it takes on our own lives… our health, even our relationships. If you are not careful, this chronic stress can eventually lead to burnout.
Some signs and symptoms of burnout from caregiving include:
Professional caregiver support groups suggest you follow some rules for yourself:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers terrific on-line information on caregiver burnout during the COVID-19 crisis:
Non-professional caregivers typically get little support, caring is a 24/7 role with no time-out, no week-end, no clocking off at 5pm. You need room for recuperation.
Home Hospice and Home Nursing offer great resources and information to help you on this journey – whether your loved one is navigating through life-limiting illness, or recuperation from injury or hospitalization. Help is one phone call away. Please contact us at (432) 580-9990, or visit us on-line at www.homehospicewtx.com.