Caregiver Relief

We will help care for your loved one when you need your personal time.

Providing care giving is never easy. The stress can take its toll on family members and other informal caregivers over time, both physically and mentally. Out of love, out of obligation, maybe out of a sense of just doing what’s right, you are one of more than 65 million adults in North America taking care of an elderly, chronically ill or disabled loved one. Family caregivers average 20 hours of unpaid in-home care per week. 87 percent of them are not getting enough sleep.

You may be coping with other responsibilities work, children, and finances and may put yourself last on the list of things to take care of. Often caregivers hide their difficulties and pretend that they can deal with everything. Not taking care of yourself can have a negative effect on your health sleep problems, depression, anxiety and other physical problems can affect long-term health.

Sound familiar?

You are on the road to caregiver burnout.

14 Warning Signs of Caregiver Burnout

1. Lack of energy
2. Overwhelming fatigue
3. Sleep problems (too much or too little)
4. Changes in eating habits; weight loss or gain
5. A feeling of hopelessness
6. Withdrawing from, or losing interest in, activities you once enjoyed
7. Neglecting your own physical and emotional needs
8. Feeling like caregiving is controlling your life
9. Becoming unusually impatient, irritable or argumentative—with the person you’re caring for and/or with others
10. Anxiety about the future
11. Depression or mood swings
12. Difficulty coping with everyday things
13. Headaches, stomach aches, and other physical problems
14. Lowered resistance to illness

If you are feeling emotionally drained and any of the above symptoms, you would not be able to provide the best possible
level of care It is important to remember to take the time to look after yourself as well as your loved one. Be honest with
yourself about what you can do. Think about what is most important, and put aside what is not.

Caregiver Burnout Prevention

Now that you know what to look for, here are some tips to help you pre-empt caregiver burnout.

• Ask for help! Needing help doesn’t make you a bad caregiver. It simply means you can’t do it alone (no one can do
it alone).

• Give yourself permission to take breaks. Get out of the house. Visit with friends. Pamper yourself with a massage.
Take a long bath.

• Take care of yourself. Don’t skip your own doctor’s appointments because you’re too busy. Exercise; eat well;
don’t sacrifice sleep.

• Get up 15 minutes earlier and use the time just for you. Sit with your coffee or tea and enjoy it. Journal about your struggles and feelings. Meditate, pray, stretch. . . . Do whatever you want to do.

• Make a list of your daily activities and tasks. See if you can delegate any of it. Maybe your spouse can make dinner twice a week. Perhaps a friend or relative can run errands or help with laundry. People often want to help—take them up on it!

• Check into family-leave benefits from your place of work. It could take a huge weight off your shoulders by giving
you more hours in your day.

• Communicate with others who are in your situation helps immensely, as does opening up and sharing your
frustrations—and your joys!

• Seek help from a local caregiving agency. You cannot do this alone and learn to ask for help, and to create a community of helpers, friends and those to support you through

There is support, there are short cuts, and there is the reorganization of priorities that can make you a happier person and a better caregiver. Think of these steps as a fire extinguisher on caregiver burnout.

Big Hearts Home Care caregivers can provide support to family caregivers and free their time to enjoy life for as short as
few hours and as long as few days, weeks or even months. We will look after your loved ones while you are taking time off.
We will send you daily report where ever you are about your loved one.


In a recent Stats Canada report, receiving care at home was a reality for 2.2 million Canadians or 8% of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over. In most cases, care recipients relied on the help of family and friends, though they often combined this care with help from professionals

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