Coping with Caregiver Burnout: A Detroit Story

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A loved one who needs special attention all hours of the day requires an individual that is willing to be patient, understanding and have compassion towards their situation. People who fill these positions are called caregivers, and they are one of the most important people who assist in at home elderly patients. Being a caregiver is a full time job that requires hours of free time, and often leaves the caregiver tired. As the stresses of everyday life increase, sleep becomes harder to come by, and the caregiver becomes fatigued. In most cases, the fatigue can get so bad that it leads to caregiver burnout. This fatigue often extends past the caregiver, and can put stress on those living in the same space, negatively impacting their day to day lives.

How does one cope with the burdens of being a caregiver? Well, according to Sharon Roth Maguire, the chief clinical officer at home care agency, BrightStar Care, “Being a caregiver is taxing, so make sure you rely on friends, family or even services like adult day care to give yourself a break.” In any scenario, the first step is realizing you are experiencing caregiver burnout, and then finding help. Talk to a clinician, or other trained therapeutic professional to see what steps might best benefit you.

Unfortunately, caregiver burnout is not only restricted to close friends and loved ones.Given low wages, registered caregivers are often forced to take on a second job to help make ends meet. This often causes time conflicts, but more importantly, it cuts down on the caregiver's personal time. These problems are all tackled by the arising “on-demand home healthcare” CarePRN. CarePRN provides a higher than average wage to our registered caregivers, and allowing them to choose their hours of availability. The services provided are flexible to the patient and can go for as short or long time duration, it is all worked out with the patient and caregiver. How about that? A service that not only works with people who desperately need attention, but also provides a benefit to hard working certified healthcare employees.