Wednesday Workshop – Are You Heading Towards a Caregiver Burnout?

Wednesday Workshop – Are You Heading Towards a Caregiver Burnout?

Wednesday Workshop - Are You Heading Towards a Caregiver Burnout

Wednesday Workshop – Are You Heading Towards a Caregiver Burnout?

Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. It’s so important for caregivers to be aware of the caregiver burnout and to find ways to either prevent or minimize it, in their life, when they realize it’s happening.

So, what’s your caregiver burnout index?

Answer the following 12 questions, add up your score and learn lifesaving strategies for managing the unique stress of caregiving.

1. How often do you get a good night’s sleep (seven or more hours)?
a. Every day
b. Often
c. Sometimes
d. Seldom or never
2. How often do you keep up with leisure activities that you enjoyed before caregiving?
a. Every day
b. Often
c. Sometimes
d. Seldom or never
3. How often do you feel irritable or lose your temper with others?
a. Seldom or never
b. Sometimes
c. Often
d. Every day
4. How often do you feel happy?
a. Every day
b. Often
c. Sometimes
d. Seldom or never
5. How often do you find it difficult to concentrate?
a. Seldom or never
b. Sometimes
c. Often
d. Every day
6. How often do you need a cigarette(s) or more than two cups of coffee to make it through the day?
a. Seldom or never
b. Sometimes
c. Often
d. Every day
7. How often do you lack the energy to cook, clean, and take care of everyday basics?
a. Seldom or never
b. Sometimes
c. Often
d. Every day
8. How often do you feel hopeless about the future?
a. Seldom or never
b. Sometimes
c. Often
d. Every day
9. How often are you able to relax without the use of alcohol or prescription sedatives?
a. Every day
b. Often
c. Sometimes
d. Seldom or never
10. How often do you feel overwhelmed by all you have to do?
a. Seldom or never
b. Sometimes
c. Often
d. Every day
11. How often has someone criticized your caregiving or suggested you’re burning out?
a. Seldom or never
b. Sometimes
c. Often
d. Every day
12. How often do you feel that someone is looking after or caring for you?
a. Every day
b. Often
c. Sometimes
d. Seldom or never

How did you score?

This self-test isn’t a scientific or diagnostic measure; it’s meant to help you identify whether your stress level warrants taking steps toward better protecting yourself. Add up your score.

Each A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point.

48-42: Keeping your cool (low burnout risk)
Your heart and head are both in the right place, and your stress-busting reservoirs are full, which helps you to give with grace and good humor.
What to do: Keep yourself well fueled for caring by making time for yourself every day.

30-41: Feverish (elevated burnout risk)
You’re likely managing caregiver stress reasonably well but falling into a common caregiver trap: Letting yourself sink lower on the daily priority list than is healthy for you.
What to do: Protect your time for self-care by learning ways to make more “me” time. On days when you’re feeling stressed, try these five 10-minute pick-me-ups.

18-29: Too hot to handle (high burnout risk)
Your stress level is probably sky-high. You may already be experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, compromised immunity, and physical exhaustion. It’s critical that you take steps immediately to lower your stress level, ideally through a combination of better self-care, a shared workload, and outlets for your emotions such as support groups.
What to do: In addition to the suggestions above, look into respite care options – it’s a great way to give yourself the break you need.

12-17: Toast (already burned out)
It’s a wonder – and a blessing – that you were able to find and take this quiz. You’re running on empty! Although you want to do your best for the person you’re caring for, realize that your own health is at stake.
What to do: You need immediate help. Consult with someone you trust — a doctor, a support group, or therapist, for counseling. At minimum, you need a physical checkup. You may also benefit from taking a short vacation. You definitely need to take ample time to renew yourself!

To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!