Chances are you wouldn’t even apply for the position above. But for millions of caregivers in our country, they have no choice. They have a loved one in need, and they’re the designated caregiver.
The winter months pose an especially tough time to be a caregiver. With inclement weather and an increase in colds and flu, it’s harder to get out of the house. The reduction in sunlight also can affect our mood. Being in the same home 24/7—even with someone whom you care about—can take its toll, and lead to caregiver burnout.
Caregiver Burnout: Know the Symptoms
- Anger at your loved one; moodiness and irritability
- Exhaustion, preventing you from completing daily tasks
- Sleeplessness, worrying about your loved one
- Anxiety about how you’ll care for your loved one if he/she becomes worse
- Social withdrawal from the activities you used to enjoy
Help is On the Way
You’re not in this alone. Reach out to family, friends and community resources. It could be as simple as arranging for someone to provide a meal or give a ride to your loved one. SGLC has a Respite/Vacation Stay program if you’d like to get away and need a safe, welcoming place for your loved one. Call us at 609-404-4848 to find out more.
Our next two free Alzheimer’s Support Groups are March 13th and April 10th at 5:30 at Seashore Gardens Living Center. Feel free to come out and join us!
Finally, take care of yourself. Exercise, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep. Remember to schedule your own health appointments. You’ll be a far better caregiver – if you take care of yourself.
Janice Cambron, LNHA, CALA
Seashore Gardens Living Center