Senior Companion Care in Norristown: Recognizing Caregiver Burn Out and When to Get Help

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Posted: 7/30/2019 8:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

Family caregivers spend much of their time providing care and companionship to their loved one. With time, the focus on your loved one can grow, leaving you with less time for yourself and less patience for your duties. Caregiver burn out occurs when the stress of caregiving is too much to bear. With our senior companion care in Norristown, PA, you can find the respite you need.

How to Recognize Caregiver Burn Out

How exactly do you recognize burn out? It can be tricky, as it doesn't usually happen all of a sudden. Here are three symptoms you can watch for:

  • Depression. Because caregiving is a consuming position, it leaves you little energy to put toward other things. You may not find joy in things that used to make you happy.
  • Fatigue. Stress can take the form of fatigue for family caregivers. If you find yourself in a consistently tired state, you could need time off to rest.
  • Frequent illness. The stress of caregiving can cause your immune system to weaken, making you more susceptible to viruses and illnesses. Taking care of yourself and getting plenty of rest are important to keep you from falling ill.

It is important to be honest with yourself about how you are feeling. Burn out can sneak up on even the most experienced caregivers. Some find it helpful to keep a daily journal to track their moods, so they know when they are not feeling like themselves.

Finally, be sure you know how to get help when you need it. Whether you join a caregiver support group or bring in a supplemental caregiver, getting help is essential to your well-being and that of your loved one.

How Our Senior Companion Care in Norristown Can Help

At Interim HealthCare of Lower Montgomery County, we provide senior companion care that gives family caregivers the respite they need. Our services mainly focus on personal care and support, including bathing and grooming, light housekeeping, meal preparation, and errands.

If you think burn out is near or you simply want to prevent it, call on our caregivers to give you a break. It is crucial to take time for yourself and self-care. If you are ready to find a supplemental caregiver for your loved one, call and schedule your no-obligation in-home evaluation today.

For more information about our senior companion care in Norristown, call us today at (610) 400-8765. We are proud to serve the surrounding communities as well, including King of Prussia, Upper Dublin, Willow Grove, Lansdale, and Ardmore.

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