3 Signs a Caregivers is Burning Out

3 Signs a Caregivers is Burning Out

Providing care to a loved one for even a short period of time can be very trying – providing long-term care to strangers can be extraordinarily stressful. While professionals might not have to carry the same emotional burden that family caregivers do, it is nonetheless very difficult to simply leave the stresses behind at the end of the work day. Here are a few signs that a caregiver is experiencing burnout, and what to do about it.

1. The caregiver’s emotional investment is becoming extreme.

This is a phenomenon called “compassion fatigue.” While professional caregivers should treat their clients warmly and compassionately, they nonetheless should also demonstrate detachment mechanisms in order to cope with the rigors of caring for clients who deteriorate mentally and physically. However, occasionally professional caregivers become emotionally attached to patients to the detriment of the caregiver’s mental well being. When the caregiver is demonstrating signs of significant emotional distress at the loss of a client, it might be a good idea to provide psychological support services. Moreover, you also might want to institute a training program to help your caregivers gain the fundamental tools for coping under emotional stress.

2. The caregiver is losing/gaining significant weight.

Dramatic weight fluctuations is a sign of extreme stress. Caregiver burnout can manifest itself in the caregiver’s reliance on food for comfort, or inability to care for him/herself. This can lead to fatigue and, ultimately, significant health issues in the long-term. In order to ensure your caregivers have the resources they need to effectively handle daily caregiving challenges, make sure you offer access to support groups and wellness initiatives.

3. There are notable changes in quality of care.

The emotional strain caregivers feel can sometimes cause symptoms of depression, and lead them to unwittingly compromise their high professional standards. When a previously conscientious caregiver starts becoming irritable with clients, neglecting duties, or showing up late, it could be due to caregiver burnout.

How an in-home franchise owner can ensure caregiver satisfaction.

Caregiving has one of the highest professional turnover rates in the United States. If you are going to retain good team members, it is crucially important to offer benefits that not only entice them to stay, but also support and optimize their emotional and physical wellness. Health insurance benefits and wellness programs provide caregivers with the resources necessary to maintain high morale.

Another great tool for limiting caregiver burnout is software client/caregiver matching tools. You can match clients with caregivers based upon personality, client symptoms, client family involvement, and other characteristics. When caregivers and clients are well-matched, it increases the likelihood that the caregivers will be satisfied in their role.

Make sure you provide your staff with the kind of scheduling flexibility that allows them to pursue and maintain other interests and obligations.

Effective, compassionate, and hard-working caregivers are the bedrock of a successful in-home care franchise. Offer your team the benefits they deserve, and keep your team – and their clients – satisfied, healthy, and happy.

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