Brian Moran, RN and Director of Marketing at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care recently presented: Caregiver Burnout-Do’s and Don’ts to the Tallahassee Killearn Kiwanis Club on November 5th. Ask any physician about caregiver burnout and they will probably tell you it’s real and can have devastating consequences. Doctors often refer to the caregivers as “their secondary patient” because the physical and emotional burden of being the primary caregiver can wreak havoc on the caregivers. Here are 4 highlights from Brian’s presentation on how to avoid burning out.
1. Ask for HELP!
The single most important thing you can do to maintain your health and wellness as a caregiver for a loved one is to share the caregiving responsibilities.
2. Take care of YOUR needs
Eat, sleep, exercise, see your doctor, and get plenty of rest.
Make sure you are doing activities that you enjoy so that you can recharge you batteries.
3. Join a support group
Learning about being a caregiver or positive coping techniques are just a few things you usually pick up if you sit in with a local support group.
4. Learn about the disease
Knowledge is power. Knowing about the disease can better prepare you for things to come.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552, (GA) 229-236-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia