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Compassion Fatigue and How Family Senior Care Providers Can Cope With It

Nov 21, 2018 by Sandra Hatch

The reasons why people decide to become family caregivers is to help their senior loved ones age in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by the people they love. But, by becoming a family caregiver, a person can sacrifice their own wellbeing.

If you’re a family caregiver, you might know what we’re talking about. Providing senior care can take a toll on one’s emotions. After all, watching your loved one get older and weaker must have terrible effects on your emotions. This is why many family caregivers end up feeling depressed. And it usually starts with a condition called compassion fatigue.

The Signs and Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue

  • Physical and emotional exhaustion
  • The loss of empathy
  • Trouble finding the motivation to keep on being a family caregiver
  • Irritability and anger
  • Problems with social interactions with people other than the senior

If you recognize any of these symptoms, it is a sign that you ought to take a step back. Rest is what you need. And it doesn’t have to be a long vacation; even a few days off your caregiving work could do wonders for your mental and emotional state. So, our advice to you is to go on a short trip, visit your old friends, or simply do the stuff you love, but which you haven’t been able to do lately.

But, how the senior is gonna cope without you? Well, the crucial thing is to leave them in safe hands. And if the senior lives in Fresno, CA, those safe hands are of Comfort Keepers. This is a senior care agency, whose caregivers are well-trained to provide a variety of services. What this means is that no matter what the condition (mental, physical, or emotional) of your senior is, they will be able to take care of them while you’re away.

If this sounds good, all that’s left is to hire Comfort Keepers for the job. And to do so, give them a call at their Fresno number, which is (559) 365-6440.

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