Stress and burnout are the most common problems for those who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The emotional and physical strain of tending to a loved one can take its toll on the caregivers health and wellbeing. Alzheimer’s care is a 24 hour a day seven days a week job. It is important to take notice of your stress levels and ask yourself if you are experiencing any of the following emotional or physical symptoms:
-Are you having trouble sleeping?
-Do you feel angry or irritable at your loved one or other family members?
-Do you lose you temper easily?
-Do you cry often?
-Have you lost weight?
-Is it difficult to get motivated to do things? Is it hard to concentrate?
-Do you get headaches?
-Do you experience bouts of anxiety or depression?
-Are you experiencing high blood pressure?
-Are you experiencing chronic pain?
-Are you isolating yourself from other people or social outings?
-Do you feel like nobody understands?
If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, than you need a break. It’s a common mistake made by many caregivers to think they can “do it all”. If the caregiver doesn’t take a break, their health will begin to decline as well. If you need a hand, call Kemper House. We offer both Adult Day Care as well as short term respite stays to give you the much needed break you deserve. Let us help. Call today before it takes its toll on you.