Watching your loved one’s physical or mental health deteriorate is a major life change. Maybe your mother was once a dynamo on the dance floor but now has trouble making it across the room; or perhaps your wife used to be a painter until Parkinson’s took control of her hands. Whatever your situation, these changes can be frightening, stressful, and depressing for everyone involved.
Caring for Your Loved One
Depending on your situation, you may be providing frequent or even around-the-clock care for an aging parent or ill spouse in addition to holding down a job, maintaining a social life, and taking care of your own home. Because you love your family member, you would do anything to ensure their comfort and safety.
Caregivers shouldn’t expect to be on the clock 24/7. Your own physical and mental health depends on getting frequent breaks from caring for your loved one and being able to rely on others for help. BrightStar Care of Delray Beach can help you find relief so that you’ll have the energy to provide the best level of care possible.
Caregiver Burnout is Serious
Caregiver burnout symptoms are similar to depression, and may, in fact, contribute to general depression and anxiety. Everyone needs personal time to take care of the business of day-to-day living, build and nurture other important relationships, focus on work, and enjoy hobbies. When caring for your loved one becomes the major focal point of all of your energy, you’re bound to burn out, and you may experience these symptoms:
- Physical and mental exhaustion
- Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
- Feelings of depression and anxiety
- Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Frequent illnesses like cold and flu
- Irritability or emotional exhaustion
BrightStar Care Can Help
BrightStar Care of Delray Beach provides respite care for primary caregivers. We recruit, screen, hire, and train our home caregivers to provide the best level of care to your loved one while you tend to your own life for a few hours a day or a few days each week.
Our companion care providers are compassionate and trustworthy and enjoy engaging your loved one in a game of cards or just taking them down memory lane while giving you some much-needed time away so that you can come back rejuvenated and energized, ready to give your loved one your undivided attention.