Caregivers often are so busy caring for others that they tend to neglect their own emotional, physical, and spiritual health. The demands on a caregiver’s body, mind, and emotions can easily seem overwhelming, leading to fatigue and hopelessness, and, ultimately, burnout. Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able either physically or financially. Many caregivers also feel guilty if they spend time on themselves rather than on their ill or elderly loved ones. Caregivers who are “burned out” may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression.
Too often, however, caregivers’ dedication comes with the price of their own health. And health issues can lead to increased healthcare expenses, a loss of productivity and missed work, affecting both employee and employer.
Considering all that caregivers do for residents and patients, it makes sense that senior living communities where healthcare services are provided, and skilled nursing centers, are some of the most dangerous workplaces in America and have one of the highest rates of workers’ compensation claims. Some of these causes of injuries can be avoided, however, by taking a few simple precautions by creating polices that encourage work safety practices.
To help prevent caregiver burnout, Glatfelter Healthcare Practice compiled five quick tips for protection and prevention on caregiver burnout. Click on the link below to read these helpful tips: https://www.glatfelterhealthcarepractice.com/Newsletter-Summer-2018/ID/1741