Ways to Fight Caregiver Stress

A-1 Home Care

Being a caregiver for a sick & elderly loved one is physically demanding, and it also results in huge emotional drain.  For any home care scenarios, the caregivers should always put their own health and safety as top priority because it can ensure the best quality home care for seniors. A-1 Home Care wants to share a few tips with current and future senior helpers to hopefully avoid the risk of exhaustion, burnout, and other more complicated health problems.

Putting your life first means don’t completely ignore your personal life.  Find some time to connect with friends.  Humans are creatures that crave social interaction, and if you isolate yourself in a bubble of caregiving, then the negativity only builds up from there.  Many senior home care providers also find it difficult to ask for help and support.  Even if it is a few days of relief can help recuperate from stress and burnout.  Taking a break to relax, sort out your stress, and ultimately organize your priorities. Doing so not only help you avoid burnout, but it also improve you as a caregiver in the end to provide the highest-quality elderly care possible.

Do you have 2 or more years of caregiving experience? Considering joining A-1 Home Care and have a career in care at home services.  We have over two decades of experience in helping clients around Los Angeles and Orange County find compatible caregivers, helping our extraordinary caregivers land jobs that fits their schedule.   We have 24 hour live in care and hourly senior care positions available.  All we require is for you to have CPR & First Aid training, TB tested, a clean criminal background, and a can do attitude to keep up the well-being of our senior clients.

For more info on becoming a caregiver, please call us at 562-929-8400 today, or visit www.a-1jobs.com to learn more.

Our Committed Caregivers at A-1 Home Care

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Filled with a can do attitude, Steve Cutler and Taanisha Bonds are among the caregivers with the brightest personalities here at A-1 Home Care.  Both have devoted themselves to the clients they serve, and only have the best of intentions in their heart.  They bring a stable environment around our clients, and seniors know they can rely on them for any in home care needs without hesitation.

We are near the end of 2013, and A-1 Home Care wants to highlight both Steve’s and Taanisha’s Caregivers of the Month Award back in July for their outstanding work for our clients and our company. A-1 Home Care is proud to have both Steve, Tannisha, and other excellent caregivers on our team, so that we can provide a consistent and quality in home care service to every senior in need around Los Angeles and Orange County.

Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

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Caregiver from A-1 Home Care Agency with elderly patient

Not just anyone can be a Caregiver, only special individuals have the patience and caring nature that allows them to put other people’s needs in front of their own.  Unlike typical 9 to 5 jobs, Caregivers are never really off the clock and don’t get steady breaks during their work days.  Only someone who has provided care to a senior, elderly or ill relative or client can understand just how challenging and demanding being a Care Provider is.

As a Caregiver, you deal with senior and elderly people who are not at their best.  They are usually ill, in pain, frustrated and feeling vulnerable.  The unfortunate part of being a Caregiver is that you are a handy target when they need to vent their anger and discomfort.  Having the person you’re caring for become verbally abusive is an upsetting experience and can lead to Caregiver Burnout.

The best way to avoid Caregiver Burnout is to remember several things:

  1. Don’t take it personally
    • If your patient becomes verbally abusive, curses or insults you, don’t take it personally.  Try to figure out what is making them so angry.  Are they in pain? Afraid? Has something stressed them out?  If you can understand the cause, you can fix it.  If they’re hurting or uncomfortable, repositioning, massaging or administering pain medication may be the solution.  If they are afraid or stressed, try to soothe or distract them from the source of their anxiety.

    2.  Don’t argue

  • Arguing or yelling at your client will not resolve anything and will most likely get you fired.

3.  Take a moment and breathe

  • Sometimes you need to take a moment and let everyone calm down.  Step into another room for a moment, take a breath and let the emotions settle.  When you feel calmer, go back to the patient and try again.  Remember, you are the professional CARE GIVER.  Your job is to make the patient’s life easier, not more stressful.

4.  Talk to the patient’s doctor

  • If you’re noticing a change in behavior, increased aggression or mood swings, there can be a medical reason.  These can be signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia or could be caused by medications.

5.  Take care of yourself

  • Taking care of yourself is one of the best gifts you can give to your patient.  By getting enough rest, enjoying time with your family and friends and recharging you’ll have the energy and patience needed to continue caring for your client.  It’s important to eat right, stay physically fit and remember to find joy in life.  How can you help the client stay healthy and well if you’re not in good shape yourself?

6.  You can’t control everything

  • You’re not superhuman and can’t control or fix everything.  Trying to be all-knowing and perfect is a horrible burden to place on yourself and won’t benefit your client.  Be warm, humble, cheerful, professional and caring.  Be willing to forgive and forget instead of holding grudges for bad days.

7.  Join a support group

  • The only people who will really understand what a Caregiver deals with on the job are other caregivers.  Join a caregiver support group and build healthy connections so you have a safe place to vent and get constructive advice for those difficult moments.

A-1 Home Care Agency has provided in home care services to Los Angeles County, San Fernando Valley, Orange County and the South Bay area since 1991.  With over 20 years’ experience in the home care industry, we place caregivers into steady jobs throughout Southern California.

Call 562-929-8400 for employment opportunities today!