Caregiving is an act of compassion and dedication for those we love – but it can often come at a price, from caregiver burnout to compassion fatigue. Discover strategies to best care for others and yourself during your caregiving journey.
Four creative steps to help assemble an effective care team
One of the first realizations I had as a primary family caregiver was that I couldn’t be the sole person my mom relied upon for care. I was burning out and knew nothing would change if I didn’t seek help. Assembling a care team for my mom took intention and creativity.
An introduction to the sandwich generation caregiver
When I was desperate for caregiving answers, I turned to Google. Honestly, I didn’t even know which terms to search — I just knew I was drowning and needed help. While browsing, the first term I identified with was “sandwich generation.” I immediately latched on to this term, even before I self-identified as a family caregiver.
How to support a loved one with a chronic illness
Learning that a loved one has a chronic illness can be heartbreaking. You may feel helpless as you watch your friend or family member struggle, unsure how to show support. What’s worse, your loved one may reject your help or become agitated with you for trying. So what can you do when all your efforts to brighten their day don’t work?
Caregiver burnout vs. compassion fatigue: What’s the difference?
Being a caregiver is rewarding and demanding at the same time. You want to do everything you can to keep the person you love happy and healthy, but sometimes, caregiving responsibilities lead you to neglect your own wellbeing.
Read on to discover the consequences of this neglect – caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue – and what you can do to avoid them.