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Taking care of the caregiver: Tips to avoid burnout

Thursday, September 3 2015 11:50 PM

More than 25 percent of adults in the United States provided care for a chronically ill, disabled or aging family member or friend during the past year. If you are one of these caregivers, you know that burnout can be a critical issue.

Staying healthy yourself — physically, mentally and emotionally — is vital. Try to find the right balance of providing care for a loved one and yourself during this time.

There is no immunity from stress, and your caregiving role may not be something you anticipated in your life. If you feel overwhelmed, untrained and uneducated about this process, here are some tips from www.caregivers.com:

  • Watch for signs of depression
  • Find other caregivers and connect with them
  • If you are caring for a parent and have siblings, be vocal about what they can do to help
  • Keep a sense of humor
  • Know your personal limitations

As a caregiver for your loved one, you have a unique role in your family. But you are not alone.

Click here to connect with our team of specialists.



Take a break

Even a few hours of respite care per week can make a difference. It will help your loved one avoid moving into an assisted living or skilled nursing center. It also gives you a much-needed break to rest or pursue personal interests.

The cost of respite care will vary according to the level of care needed. Some insurance plans and Medicare options will pay for respite care.

Article originally published by the Good Samaritan Society Communication Coordinators.  To view the original article, please click here. 

To learn more about Adult Day Services or Respite care options available at Cedar Lake Village, please contact a member of our Marketing team at (913) 780-9916 or by emailing info@cedarlakevillagekc.org

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