The stress of day-to-day care, watching your loved one’s health deteriorate, and having to make difficult decisions about long-term care can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. No matter how strong and resilient you are, you’re still likely to have problems with certain aspects of Lares Home Care Alzheimer’s/dementia care. Recognizing the signs of caregiver stress and burnout is the first step to dealing with the problem.
- Denial about the disease and the effect it is taking on the person diagnosed.
- Anger at the person with Alzheimer’s, anger that no cure exists, or angry that people don’t seem to understand what is happening.
- Social withdrawal from friends and activities that used to bring you pleasure.
- Anxiety about the future and not knowing what you will do when you can no longer provide the care needed.
- Depression that breaks your spirit and affects your ability to cope with daily occurrences.
- Exhaustion that makes it impossible to complete daily tasks once performed with ease.
- Sleeplessness caused by a list of concerns that seems to never end.
- Irritability that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and actions.
- Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks.
- Health problems that begin to take a mental and physical toll.
When prolonged and excessive stress from caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia leaves you feeling emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted you may be facing burnout. Burnout reduces your productivity and depletes your energy leaving you feeling helpless, hopeless, angry, and resentful. It is important when to know you need help.