Looking after someone you love can make it hard to even consider doing the same for yourself at times. However, this can come with consequences to your own health.
Short-term respite care is available at Columbia Aged Care Services residential homes on a planned or emergency basis. Respite care assists carers, as well as frail older people and others with care needs, to continue living at home. It provides care for events such as recovery from an operation or a regular carer not being available due to holidays or needing a break from their usual care arrangements.
AgingCare has listed six signs that you may be experiencing carer’s fatigue and you might need to take advantage of our respite care services.
1. Everyone else seems a bit distant
When was the last time that you and your friends caught up over a cup of coffee and had a good laugh? If you can’t remember, then it’s time to give them a call. Sometimes when you’re a carer you forget the importance of holding onto the other meaningful relationships in your life.
2. Everything that used to get your brain going – doesn’t
If something like crossword puzzles were small pockets of genuine mental stimulation, but now they’re something that you don’t enjoy anymore and certainly struggle with, you may need to take respite. When your mind is elsewhere, it can be hard to exercise it.
3. You’re overly worried or anxious
If your loved one has recently experienced a significant event that has worsened their condition, it may cause you to worry about their health or whether such an event could repeat itself in the near future. Thinking about it won’t affect the odds, but it will heighten your feelings of apprehension.
4. Your eating patterns have been inconsistent
Missing meals? Stress-eating? It happens sometimes, but it is one thing to look out for when you’re responsible for the care of your loved one. Abnormal eating patterns can be an indication of extreme stress and a sign that you need to take a break.
5. You’ve got a cold; again
One of the biggest culprits in a worsening immune system is stress. If you’re finding that a cold won’t pass, it could be a sign that your care giving duties are taking a toll on your body’s ability to shake off stress.
6. You feel helpless and alone in your struggles as a carer
Devoting your life to care can be draining on your mental health and feelings of despair and sadness may become chronic. Consider reaching out to a close friend for personal support, taking respite, seeking a mental health professional for advice on managing the way you feel.
Remember that as much you’d like to avoid taking some time to yourself, your ability to be a care-giver can be compromised if you’re experiencing fatigue from your duties. Take care of yourself – it’ll make you a better carer. Columbia Aged Care provides respite care with high quality services and conscientious workers to facilitate the respite period you and your loved ones need so you can recuperate and revitalise your spirit.
To read the full article, go here.