Caregiver Burnout FAQ

Keeping in theme with yesterday’s post, today I’ll be going over some the of most frequently asked questions about caregiver burnout. I’ve decided that, because ther are so many questions that people may have, I’d pick the top three (3) and share them with you!

1. What is Caregiving?

  • Caregiving is essentially caring for others. Whether they are our relatives, friends, etc. They typically suffer from health problems or disabilities. They need assistance with their ADLS (or activities of daily living).

2. What can caregivers do to prevent burnout?

  • There are a numerous things that a caregiver can do in order to prevent burnout. The most important being to take the time for oneself, getting enough rest, and maintaining a balanced diet.

3. What are the risk factors associated with caregiver burnout?

  • Because over half of the women who are caregivers are women, they are more likely to experience burnout. Other risk factors include: poor health (i.e., having a preexisting illness), living with the person you’re caring for, lack of coping skills and difficulty problem solving, social isolation, and more.

 

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Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.

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