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Caregiver is a role that many never expect they will have to play in their lives. However, it is an important one. While providing care for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, it can also strain the emotional health of a caregiver.
Whether you are just getting started or have been providing home caregiving for years, it’s important to know there are resources and support available to you. Below are three tips to help maintain emotional wellbeing while providing at-home care:
It’s entirely normal for home caregivers to experience many difficult emotions. Guilt, resentment, anxiety, burnout, grief, and disillusionment are very common among those caring for loved ones. It is important to acknowledge these feelings and not attempt to hide from them.
Guilt: You may feel guilty that you aren’t doing enough as a caregiver to provide for your patient.
Grief: Providing care often comes with a number of losses. The loss of time otherwise spent, a future you had envisioned, and the loss that comes with caring for a terminally ill patient.
Burnout: The exhaustion and stress that comes from being pulled in too many different directions. Very common among caregivers who also work and provide for their family.
Resentment: You may be angry with other family members or friends for not doing more to support you or the person you care for .
While it’s important for personal care assistants to acknowledge these feelings, it’s even more important to not keep them inside. Talking about your feelings and sharing experiences is the best way to handle these emotions.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not always the easiest thing to do. Caregivers often forget about themselves when consumed with the responsibility of tending to another. Staying physically and mentally healthy is essential to provide adequate home health care and live an emotionally sound life.
If the person you are caring for is able, feel free to include them in any or all of these activities. These are great ways to stay active and healthy together while providing care.
All too often, caregivers feel they must go it alone. Don’t believe this. There are many resources available to assist home caregivers from becoming burnt-out from the stress of looking after another human. The first step is to understand what caregiver burnout is and admit when you need a break.
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