Feelings of guilt are so prevalent among family caregivers that it even has a name: “caregiver guilt.” Many caregivers feel guilty because they believe they’re not providing adequate care; they experience guilt over feeling frustrated and angry about their chaotic life or lack of control, or over their need to take a respite care break.
Family caregivers spend an average of more than 24 hours a week helping their loved ones continue to live at home. Unfortunately, this time commitment and all the other obligations a caregiver has often put their physical and mental health at the bottom of their to-do list.
Each year, millions of Americans selflessly donate their time and talents to care for aging loved ones. If you are currently serving as a family caregiver, here’s why taking care of yourself must also be a priority.
Preventing caregiver fatigue and burnout starts with the ability to identify its telltale signs, including those in this article.