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Warning Signs of Caregiver Stress and Burnout

Caregiver Stress in Medford NJ

Are you reaching your outer limits? Are you so overwhelmed with stress as a family caregiver that you just want to scream? This can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter if it’s your spouse who needs help, your mother, father, grandparent, brother, sister, or someone else; everyone has their breaking point.

When you reach your breaking point, it’s usually the result of extreme and prolonged stress.

Caregiver Stress in Medford NJWhen that happens, many things can go wrong. It can affect you, your work, your personal relationships, your relationship with the senior who needs assistance, your health, and so much more.

Avoid reaching those breaking points by being clear on some of the warning signs of caregiver stress.

Warning Sign #1: Losing your temper.

If you have a habit of losing your temper often, it might be difficult for you to determine whether stress is the cause of this or not. Most of us, though, have a tendency to be able to contain our frustration, anxiety, and anger, at least to some reasonable degree.

If you’re losing control of that, if you’re getting angry, snapping at people when you’re online at the supermarket, getting angry with your boss, and feeling road rage when you’re stuck in traffic (and this is not normal behavior for you) that’s a pretty good sign.

Warning Sign #2: Reprimands at work.

If you’re a pretty good worker and are suddenly receiving reprimands from your boss, it could be due to a lack of focus or you’re spending too much time worrying about this elderly family member.

Warning Sign #3: Not getting sleep.

If you’re having difficulty sleeping at night, falling asleep, staying asleep, or dealing with insomnia, it could be the direct result of stress and anxiety. Many people who are stressed cannot seem to calm their thoughts, clear their mind, and get their body ready for sleep.

Warning Sign #4: Accidents.

If you’re getting involved in accidents, whether it’s tripping up the stairs, having close calls while behind the wheel, or anything else, it might be due to a lack of focus, rushing around, or feeling overwhelmed with stress and anxiety.

Warning Sign #5: Tension in your chest.

If you feel tightness in your chest constantly, if it’s difficult to breathe at times, if you have this feeling like you’re about to have a heart attack and it never seems to go away for very long, that’s a common side effect of extreme and prolonged stress and anxiety.

The best way to help you alleviate caregiver stress and avoid burnout is to accept that hiring a home care aide is probably a far better option right now.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Medford, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC HomeCare Services today at 856-234-8700

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Patti Maltese, and Kelly McCabe

Patti is the original founding partner of TLC in 2009 and has been in the staffing industry for many years both as an Office manager, recruiter, client specialist, and sales rep. She staffed nurses for the state of NJ in state facilities and is currently a CHHA as well. She has a Bachelors Degree in Communications and oversees the daily operations of TLC. She recently graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10KSB program for business owners in Phila. and the relationships and knowledge from that program has helped her to take TLC to the next level in multiple ways. She is a mother to 2 daughters and a grandmother to 2 girls as well.She resides in Mt. Laurel and loves advocating for seniors and others less fortunate in the community.

Kelly C. McCabe is the co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and isalso a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.

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