Alzheimer/Dementia: The Caregiver Burnout

June 2, 2010 at 1:04 am Leave a comment

The care of a dementia patient is a twenty four hour a day job. You wake up with the work and worry, you eat with the work and worry, you spend your day dealing with the work and worry, and you sleep dreaming about the work and the worry. Sleeping is restless and full of anxiety and worry. The Caregiver has a very stressful job. Taking care of a dementia patient is very difficult and frustrating. Some days go smoothly and some days are very difficult. The age of the Caregiver also plays an important part. It is common sense that if you are eighty years old your level of energy is low and your own health can be in danger. If a spouse is caring for his loved one, he at times will be overwhelmed and exhausted. We can’t emphasize enough that the Caregiver should also worry about his own health and realize that working this hard is not healthy for him. A son or daughter caring for a parent may have other responsibilities to deal with, like children of their own, jobs, and their own spouses. Never feel that you are failing a loved one by getting some professional help. Help will make this very stressful situation less stressful and this will make the dementia patient calmer. It is frustrating doing everything for someone, whom at one time did everything by herself. Professionals are trained for this and will be able to do it with more dignity and patience. It is okay to ask for help, after all, getting the proper help will benefit both you and your loved one. How many nights can you spend with one eye open and the other closed. Are you feeling that you can’t fully sleep because you are too worried about your loved one? Do not be stubborn and feel you can do this alone, YOU CAN NOT! This will lead to burnout. Remember reach out and get help!

Alzheimer/Dementia: The Caregiver Burnout


Entry filed under: Alzheimer, Dementia.

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