Caregivers who are exhausted may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression. A burnt out caregiver feels overwhelmed and is physically, emotionally, and mentally drained by the strain and burden of caring for their loved one. They may feel isolated, unsupported, or unappreciated. Taking on all caregiving responsibilities without regular breaks or assistance is a sure-fire way to lead to caregiver exhaustion.
A large study published in the Journals of Gerontology found that caregivers who felt they were under a lot of pressure had worse health outcomes compared to caregivers who felt little or no effort. This means that caregiver burnout can be detrimental to both the person receiving care and the caregiver. The Family Caregiver Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of family caregivers and those receiving their care. In a survey conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiver Care and the AARP Public Policy Institute, 40 percent of caregivers felt emotionally stressed, nearly 20 percent said it was causing them financial problems, and about 20 percent felt physically exhausted.
There are resources available for caregivers, such as support for caregivers of adults, children, people with disabilities and mental disorders, veterans, and more. It is important to find friends, family, and temporary care providers to act as caregivers so you can take time away from home. Caregiver burnout can lead to serious consequences such as physical and mental health issues, financial strain, and even isolation from friends and family. It is essential for caregivers to take regular breaks from their duties in order to prevent burnout and maintain their own wellbeing.
Taking time away from caregiving responsibilities can help reduce stress levels and improve overall health.