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If you are the spouse or adult child of a parent whose health is declining, you might find yourself struggling to juggle their needs with your own, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Some family caregivers work outside the home and have children or grandchildren of their own to support. The term “sandwich generation” was coined to describe situations like these.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, an increasing number of people find themselves in this situation. As our population continues to grow older, the number of family caregivers climbs. In fact, nearly 43.5 million adults in this country are unpaid caregivers for a friend or family member. Add to that the stress and struggles associated with trying to protect yourself and your senior loved one from the coronavirus.
The result can be a health crisis for the caregiver. Many times, this starts with failing to recognize and act on the warning signs of caregiver burnout.
9 Frequent Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout
Because the symptoms may occur gradually, it’s easy to overlook them. If you are a caregiver, take a few minutes to review the most common signs that you likely need to take a break:
If more than a few of these symptoms describe your situation, it may be time for professional advice. Start by scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician. They can conduct a physical exam to evaluate your well-being and work with you to create a plan for getting back on a healthier track.
In the meantime, here are some suggestions for managing the stressors associated with caregiving.
Managing Caregiver Stress
Explore Assisted Living through Virtual Tours
Sometimes caregiver burnout is the result of a loved one requiring more care than a family can actually provide at home. An assisted living or memory care community might be a solution to consider. While COVID-19 concerns are limiting visitors to many communities, virtual tours allow families to learn more. Call the Sunrise community nearest you or 1-888-434-4648 to set up a time!