Caring for an aging family member who has dementia is always going to be challenging — especially if you also have children to care for, a household to maintain, or other responsibilities. It is no great surprise that many caregivers ultimately give so much of themselves that they neglect self-care, succumbing to stress and even to burnout.
Are you a caregiver to someone with dementia — and do you have any of the signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout? Here is a checklist that you might find useful.
Caregivers who are overstressed may experience any or all of the following:
- You have your own health problems that have not been resolved, and that are taking either a mental or physical toll on you.
- You feel like you have to do everything by yourself — and that you ultimately should be doing more.
- You are increasingly withdrawn from people or activities that you once really enjoyed.
- You are overcome with worry that the person in your care might not be safe.
- You struggle with anxiety over financial or healthcare decisions.
- You are in denial about the impact that the disease is having on your family.
- You experience a great deal of sadness or even grief that your relationship with the person you’re caring for isn’t what it used to be.
- You find yourself increasingly angry or frustrated with the person you are caring for.
Caregiver stress is real, and serious: It means that you’re neglectful of your own care, which in turn might mean that you are giving less than your best to your family — including the family member with dementia.
It’s imperative to take care of yourself, which might mean looking into respite care or into assisted living. Indeed, caregiver burnout is a key reason to initiate the conversation about assisted living. To learn more about what assisted living might mean for you and your family, we encourage you to contact us at CountryHouse today.
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