Caregiver Burnout: Coping Emotionally while Caring for An Aging Parent

By Erica Block, Care Advisor

Caring for an elderly loved one can be a very special time for caregivers. Many feel that this is their chance to give back to those who have taken care of them. This can be a time of strengthening bonds and be very rewarding. However, caring for an elderly loved one, especially one with many medical issues, can cause added stress to an already busy day. Caregiver burnout is something that many face, but there are safeguards that can be put into place to reduce the effects.

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Caregivers deal with many emotions, including guilt and anger. Caring for an elderly loved one on top of taking care of children, going to work, cleaning the house and other household duties can start to take a negative toll. Not having proper help and support can cause caregivers to feel angry. They then may also feel guilty for being angry or stressed about the situation. The most important thing for caregivers to have is support. This may come from other family members who can pitch in and provide respite care. Many senior service providers offer respite care as well, and may be an alternative option for those who do not have other family members. Stepping away from the situation regularly and taking care of oneself can go a long way to preventing burnout. The Abramson adult day care services can help. Click the link for more information on adult day care services.

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Finding someone to talk to is also important. Joining a support group can provide an outlet to talk to others in a similar situation about the feelings that come along with caregiving. Knowing that one is not alone can provide great relief. The Alzheimer’s Association  provides a number of support groups for caregivers.

If you need information on caregiving services, the Abramson Care Advisors can help. Call 215-371-3400 free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to speak to an experience senior care advisor. If you would like information on the Abramson Center's Caregiver Support Group, please call 215-371-2122. The group meets every third Tuesday of the month at Abramson Medical Adult Day Center, 12003 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116.