Caregiving can bring many positives into your life -- but it's also hard work, physically and emotionally.
If you don't take enough self-care to replenish yourself, then caregiver stress, anxiety, and depression can build resulting in to what is known as Caregiver burnout. Caregiver burnout can interfere with your ability to function, and also raise your risk of developing chronic depression as well as other mental and physical ailments, from hypertension,flu to diabetes, stroke, or even premature death.
Caregivers are urged to take action and provide themself relief from Caregiver burnout. Understanding and dealing with this issue is very important for both the caregiver and the client, and realizing the signs early can help avoid serious problems as well as motivate the caregiver to get the help needed.
What's your caregiver burnout index? Answer the following 12 questions, add up your score (A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point), and learn lifesaving strategies for managing the unique stress of caregiving.