The Importance of Therapy for Caregivers
It is expected that the number of Americans age 65 or older will rise from 46 million to 96 million over the next few decades. It is highly likely that all older people will at some point face a health crisis. Whether it is chronic diseases or mobility issues, many aging people will need help with everyday tasks, taking medications, and staying safe and healthy.
A good majority of these people will receive assistance from family members, rather than trained home health aides. It is estimated that over 34 million unpaid caregivers provide support to their elderly relatives. There are many of these loved ones who are responsible for supporting their own families and who work outside the home as well. Furthermore, caring for their elderly parent is an additional “burden” on top of everything else they already have on their plate.
What is Caregiver Burnout?
The stress and burden associated with caring for a sick or aging loved one can lead to caregiver burnout. Often, these individuals feel isolated, unsupported, and unappreciated.
As a result of raising their own families, working, and taking care of others, they often have no time to take care of themselves. In addition to feeling depressed and anxious, they often have difficulty sleeping and eating.
The majority of caregivers will experience caregiver burnout at some point in their careers. It is difficult for individuals to provide the best care to their family members if they do not find help.
It’s Important for Caregivers to Seek Help
Caregivers should not only show themselves more kindness, compassion, and care but also seek mental and emotional support. Taking on another’s problems and emotional, as well as physical pain can overwhelm caregivers. Our therapists can help caregivers handle these emotions.
Trying to do everything yourself is what got you into this situation. Don’t carry your burden alone. Share it with someone. As a result, you will be able to breathe better, feel better, and regain your strength.
If you are a caregiver experiencing burnout and would like to speak with someone, please don’t hesitate and reach out to us. We would be more than happy to discuss how we may be able to help you.