If you are caring for an aging loved one and find yourself exhausted, you’re not alone. Caregivers work hard and experience a wide range of emotions which can lead to stress and burnout. Today, Douglas County Home Care Assistance presents seven shocking facts about caregiver burnout which illustrate just how common it is, and why so many caregivers experience such feelings.
- According to an AARP survey, 37 percent of all caregivers caring for someone 50 or over had to reduce their hours at work or quit their job in 2007. The result was an average income loss of $5,531 for the year.
- Thirty five percent of caregivers can’t find time for themselves and 29% admit to difficulty managing the emotional and physical stresses of caregiving.
- Caregivers often suffer from physical ailments themselves. A staggering 51% claim they don’t have time to take care of themselves and 49% confess they are too tired to do so even when they have time. Over half (53%) feel their health has declined since they began caregiving.
- On average, caregivers spend 13 days a month performing shopping, housekeeping, transportation, food preparation and laundry tasks for those they care for. An additional 6 days each month are spent feeding, dressing, bathing and assisting with toileting.
- In the United States, most caregivers are middle-aged and 13% are 65 or older themselves. This means retiring and caring for loved ones rather than enjoying the activities they planned.
- According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, single women who take care of aging parents are 2.5 times more likely to live in poverty when they are elderly.
- Unpaid family caregivers are the largest source of care services in the United States. This trend is expected to continue until 2030 as the number of people over 65 doubles.
No wonder caregivers are so exhausted! If you’re feeling burnout, remember that it is common and doesn’t make you a bad caregiver. Get help from family members, friends or professional home care agencies that offer Douglas County hourly home care or live-in home care. You can’t care for anyone else unless you care for yourself, so consider self-care part of your caregiving duties.
Get the help you need and deserve and call the home care specialists at Home Care Assistance of Douglas County today at 720-441-3522. A friendly Care Manager would be more than happy to answer any of your questions and can help you schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.