After performing caregiving duties daily for an extended time, the strain begins to take a toll on a caregiver’s mental and physical health. Depression, chronic health problems, excessive fatigue, and mood changes are commonplace among caregivers who struggle to deal with the challenges of burnout related to exhaustion. So what leads to burnout and can help relieve its effects? Find out more about this painful consequence of long-term caregiving.

Compassion Fatigue or Caregiver Burnout

Caregivers suffer from two syndromes that indicate they need some personal attention.  One is called “Compassion Fatigue” and the other “Caregiver Burnout.” Running at Full Throttle  I like word pictures, so here’s one for you. Think of a boat.  You have a caregiver running full throttle hitting waves head-on, staying the course for hours on …

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Mental and Physical Effects of Caregiving

Mental and Physical Effects of Caregiving Research by organizations such as the Centers for Medical Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), and the American Association of Retired People (AARP) shows the significant and long-term impact of caregiving. Based on their research, caregivers who provide continuous care for long periods …

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