Holiday Caregiver Burnout

December 30, 2013 - By the NCPC

Author: Valerie Michel Buck


EldercareWhether you're at the end of your tether, that tether has been cut years ago or you're just starting Caregiving for a loved one this time of year always seems to be the hardest. The season of joy is upon us, that is what the media, shopping centers and carolers want you to believe, but for many, the season of joy is really just more WORK! Organizing family from out of town, who is going to whose home when, shopping, cooking for an Army, wrapping gifts, shoveling snow, making that batch of cookies, decorating, the joy of scrapping your car from frost, and of course trying to avoid putting on an extra 10 pounds we usually gain during this time. 

Don't forget the responsibilities you already have (work, community and charity) including Caregiving.  Could we dump anymore on you during the holidays?  I'm stressed out writing about it.  Deep breath in, deep breath out.  Let's make 2014 a little easier on you shall we?

Priorities


Dump Grandpa (in a loving way)


Don't Bother Cooking


Chores ;(


Pamper


Financial


Senior Care Professionals


These senior services may be able to teach you a few steps to help ease the Caregiver burden.

Remember you can't take care of someone else's needs if you first don't learn to take care of your own. I hope you have all the joy the holidays are meant to bring.

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