Do you show signs of caregiver burnout? Take action!

By Valerie
February 4, 2011

One of the main reasons family members take on the role of caregiver is because they love their aging loved ones and they want to help them with a better life and prolonged independence.

Sometimes though, the rewards of caregiving are outweighed by the stress, physical and emotional work, which invariably leads to burnout.

How many of these statements are true for you?

Reflect on your answers. Ask someone you trust if they are concerned about you or have noticed certain behaviours.

The best way to avoid caregiver burnout is to take action. Karen Henderson from the Long Term Care Network offers some great tips:












Wendy Johnstone is a gerontologist and is the founder of Keystone Eldercare Planning. Her column runs in the Comox Valley Record every second Friday.

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