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Burned Out? Ask Yourself These Questions.

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 8:00 am on

When it’s your job to oversee the health and wellbeing of an aging parent or loved one, it’s easy to let your own fall by the wayside. However, leaving your own needs on the back burner for too long can easily increase your risk of caregiver burnout.  So how do you know if you’re at risk (or if you’re already) burned out?  Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care in Sonoma County, CA, suggests asking yourself the following questions.

  1. Are you becoming more impatient with your loved one?
    In the beginning, you were likely more than happy to forfeit time and energy to help your aging loved one. However, without alternation or help from a professional caregiver, your willpower can easily disintegrate. Watch out for feelings of frustration or impatience and consider part-time care in Sonoma County to help alleviate some of the burden.
  1. Are you continually fatigued?
    Caregiver fatigue is common in people that devote most or all of their time to another person whose health is in poor standing. Fatigue is one of the many root causes of caregiver burnout. Unfortunately, many family caregivers attribute their fatigue to leading a busy lifestyle or juggling multiple roles or responsibilities.
  1. Do you feel as though life will never get easier?
    When you are stuck in a perpetual routine of caring for another person, it can seem as though life will never have anything else in store for you. This is a common feeling connected to caregiving and can often leave caregivers feeling overwhelmed and unexcited for the future.
  1. Do you no longer enjoy your past hobbies/interests?
    When people are generally unhappy, they lose interest in things that they once loved. Working hard to appease someone else can leave you feeling unmotivated and with no desire to meet with friends or pursue your favorite hobbies.

If more than one of these questions resonated with you, it’s likely that you’re heading towards a burnout. Rather than allowing the stress to take over your sanity, consider turning to friends/family for help and relief, visiting your local Area Agency on Aging for additional support services or reaching out to Home Care Assistance Sonoma County for reliable part-time and live-in home care in Sonoma County.

Home Care Assistance Sonoma County is a trusted provider of in-home senior care, providing older adults with the expert assistance they need, while offering family caregivers respite and a break from caregiving responsibilities. Learn more about our care services by calling 707-843-4368 and scheduling a complimentary consultation with a friendly Care Manager.