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Caregiver ResourcesHow to Recognize and Manage Caregiver Burnout

How to Recognize and Manage Caregiver Burnout

What is caregiver burnout? It is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion.

Caregiver burnout can occur when you have been caregiving for long periods of time. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and many caregivers experience this. 

Risk Factors

Risk factors of caregiver burnout:

  • Female
  • Living with the person you are caring for
  • Social isolation
  • Depression
  • Financial difficulties
  • Higher number of hours spent caregiving

Burnout

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Feeling overwhelmed and constantly worried
  • Feeling tired constantly
  • Sleeping too much or not enough
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Easily becoming irritated or angry
  • Lacking interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feeling sad
  • Frequent headaches, body aches, or other physical problems
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications

Strategies to Combat Caregiver Burnout

  1. Accept Help
  2. Set Realistic Goals
  3. Focus on What You Can Provide
  4. Set Personal Goals
  5. See Your Doctor Regularly
  6. Get Connected

Resources in Kansas City Metro area

  • American Stroke Foundation
  • Turning Point (Kansas Health System)
  • Caring.com (www.caring.com)
  • Home chef (homechef.com)
  • Meals on Wheels
  • EZ Ride

Caregiving and Quarantine

  • Create areas of separation
  • Share moments of mutual enjoyment and meaning
  • Maintain your lifetimes
  • Stay connected with your friends and family

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