There is no doubt, caring for a loved one can be physically and mentally draining.
We know it is often a 24/7 job and needs increase over many years. Couple this with the pressure of managing your own life and responsibilities such as jobs, children, relationships – things can get tough.
This can often result in carer fatigue – something we see all too much at Aged Care Ready.
According to our Aged Care Angels, the symptoms of carer fatigue can include exhaustion, increased stress, tiredness, increased illness, depression, money worries and social isolation.
“There’s often a struggle to cope as the relationship changes from a parent child relationship where the parent was always authoritative and took care of the child to the children having to make decisions and care for the parent,” shares Kaitlyn Cooke of Aged Care Ready Tasmania.
“But rest assured, there are some ways to tackle carers fatigue – think self-care, taking time out, sharing the load, respite care and debriefing.”
Kaitlyn’s top tips for tackling carers fatigue are:
- Self Care: ensuring you get enough sleep, eat the right foods and exercise so you can be in the best condition to look after your loved one.
- Taking time out for yourself: take time to enjoy a hobby or favourite past time, relax with a cuppa or read a book.
- Share the load: divide caring responsibilities between family members so all the responsibilities don’t fall on your shoulders alone. Look for a home care service to help with cleaning, personal care, meals and companionship.
- Respite care: allow yourself a break occasionally
- Debriefing-: whether with friends and family, a carers group or even counselling, debriefing can be a good way to manage feelings of overwhelm.
“By looking after yourself and ensuring you have the support in place, looking after mum or dad can be all that little bit easier,” says Mr Cooke.
“Permanent residential aged care placement should also be on the cards for when the time comes that the caring responsibilities become too much,”
“Aged care placement can ensure round the clock care needs are met and provide peace of mind.”
Aged Care Ready is always on hand to assist you throughout the stages of your caring journey.
If you need advice, assistance finding care or simply wish to have a chat, you can reach out to the Aged Care Ready Angels via social media or our website.