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Caregiver Burnout

Providing care to a loved one is among the noblest acts of love and kindness one can undertake, but that doesn’t mean the caregiver won’t suffer ill effects from the stress it brings.

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Studies show that the stress of being a caregiver for a loved one poses great risks to the health and wellbeing of the one providing care, often culminating in an increased risk of serious illness or even mortality. A recent Stanford study found that roughly 40% of Alzheimer's caregivers die before the individual for whom they care. 

Caregiver burnout manifests in exhaustion of a physical, emotional and mental variety, often accompanied by a change in attitude that can take a positive individual to someone who downbeat and pessimistic. This can happen when a caregiver doesn't get the help they need, or if they push themselves beyond their limits - physically or financially. Caregivers who have reached the burnout point may experience weariness, anxiety and despair, sometimes feeling for focusing on themselves for a time rather than on their ill or elderly loved ones.

Caregiver burnout shares many symptoms with depression and stress. This may include:

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Feelings of exhaustion, emotional and/or physical
  • Always feeling tired or anxious
  • Changes in appetite, weight, or both
  • Propensity to become ill
  • Fluctuations in sleep patterns
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and other pleasurable activities
  • Feelings of irritability, hopelessness and helplessness
  • Feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or the person for whom you provide care

One of the most effective ways to prevent burnout and continue to provide a high level of care for your loved one is through respite care programs such as Silverado Flex Care and Overnight Care. 

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Flexible & Overnight Care

Learn about how Silverado's respite care programs can help fight caregiver burnout.

Respite Care Benefits

Learn about the benefits caregivers receive when they take time for themselves.

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