By: Integrity Home Care + Hospice
As a leader in Home Care, Integrity Home Care + Hospice understands the great impact our Caregivers have on their patients.
Caregiving is a calling. It’s an act of service above self that impacts the lives of others in a way no other profession could. If you’re a caregiver (by profession or circumstance), Integrity Home Care salutes you.
While our caregivers often express how life-changing and rewarding their role is, it doesn’t come without a price. That price often materializes as something called burnout—which is defined as a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.
Whether you work for an in-home care agency like Integrity Home Care or you’re a caregiver for a family member—as caregivers your workdays involve tasks that require large amounts of patience, empathy, love, and understanding. All of these things can be exhausting to dole out on a daily basis and can lead to fatigue and job burnout before you know it.
And because as caregivers (by your very nature) you regularly put others’ needs before your own, it may be especially hard for you to flip that mindset and put yourself first once in a while.
Start practicing a little (self)caregiving with these five ways to avoid burnout. (Remember—as a caregiver, self-care is not only crucial to your health, but also to the health of those in your care).
At Integrity Home Care & Hospice, our caregivers are present at the beginning, middle, and end of our patient’s care plans and are vital to the overall quality of care we provide. We understand the mental, physical, and emotional burdens that come along with this role. Our team wants to ensure that whether you are a caregiver at an agency like Integrity or the primary caregiver to a loved-one at home, you not only know how important you are but also that you have the support and tools you need to keep yourself healthy and happy.