As much as you undoubtedly love your loved one, there’s no denying that caring for someone else can be a physically and emotionally demanding job. Unfortunately, however, many family caregivers feel a sense of guilt for taking time off. This can inevitably lead to burnout and ultimately, reduced quality of care provided. That’s where respite care comes in.
If you are a family caregiver in need of a break, our respite care across Suffolk, Essex and Greater London services are here for you. Read on to discover how you can avoid carer burnout through our respite care services.
Caring for yourself and others
Let’s face it: caring for others can be challenging, tiring, and demanding. There is absolutely nothing wrong with admitting this and there is no need to feel ashamed or guilty for doing so. Remember that you are human and that in addition to caring for your loved one, you also have your own life, responsibilities, and commitments. If you constantly care for others instead of looking after yourself, it’s natural that you may feel burnt out. That’s why it’s so important to look after your own needs too. Plus, you deserve it.
Signs you may be experiencing carer burnout
Carer burnout can show up in a variety of ways. It’s important to recognise the signs so that you can take action to prevent it from worsening as soon as possible. If left unchecked, carer burnout can take a toll on your mental wellbeing, relationships, and health.
Ask yourself if you feel constantly exhausted or lacking energy? Do these feelings persist, even when you seemingly get enough sleep or take a break? If so, you may be experiencing burnout.
Poor physical health is another sign that you may be in need of a break. A weakened immune system is often triggered by stress and lack of sleep which can cause you to become sick more often.
Of course, we can’t ignore the effect burnout can have on your mental health and quality of life. Do you find that your life revolves around care to the point where you don’t even enjoy it anymore? Have you been neglecting your own needs? These are clear signs that you need to slow down and have a breather. Remember, your happiness is important too.
Finally, if you find yourself feeling helpless or increasingly irritated or impatient with the person you’re caring for, it’s time to take a break. Feeling burnt out can sabotage your ability to provide quality care which isn’t fair to either you or your loved one.
How can respite care help?
The purpose of respite care is to provide you with temporary relief from your caregiving duties so that you can rest, relax, and recharge your batteries – all while enjoying peace of mind that your loved one is in good hands during your absence. When you come back to your caregiving duties, you’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to once more provide the high-quality care your loved one deserves.
Get in touch
Are you a family caregiver in need of a break? Let us help you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our expert staff. We would be happy to provide more information or answer any of your questions on how our respite care services can help.