Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

Posted by Marissa Barnard on Mar 14, 2016

In Healthy Living, Alzheimer's & Dementia, Assisted Living, Main

 

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When caregiving for a loved one you can often times get to a point where you burnout from all the demands of caring for an elderly

Caregiver burnout is real and prevalent among caregivers. Burnout can cause decreased quality in caregiving, personal relationships, and personal health and well being. By taking appropriate measures to relax and seek help from others, burnout out can be reduced or even prevented.

In order to better help you understand how your caregiving is impacting some important aspects of your life, you can answer the Burden Scale questions below. These 24 questions were developed by gerontological researchers Mark Novak and Carol Guest (1989).

This scale measures the impact of caregiving on the caregiver’s flexibility with time, physical health, social relationships, emotional well-being and life course development issues. It can help you identify specifics aspects of your life and situation that might need immediate attention.

After each question, choose a response that describes your feelings and views. Some of the statements are worded to describe extreme situations and they may not match your feelings.

Take the test see where you stand. 

Burden Scale

0-Never  1- Rarely  2-Sometimes  3-Frequently  4-Nearly Always

Time Dependency Items          
1. He/She needs my help to perform daily tasks 0 1 2 3 4
2. He/She is dependent on me 0 1 2 3 4
3. I have to watch him or her constantly 0 1 2 3 4
4. I have to help him/her with many basic functions 0 1 2 3 4
5. I don’t have a minute’s break from his/her chores 0 1 2 3 4
           
Development Items          
1. I feel that I am missing out on life 0 1 2 3 4
2. I wish I could escape from this situation 0 1 2 3 4
3. My social life is suffering 0 1 2 3 4
4. I feel emotionally drained due to caring for him/her 0 1 2 3 4
5. I expected that things would be different at this point in my life 0 1 2 3 4
           
Physical Health Items          
1. I’m not not getting enough sleep 0 1 2 3 4
2. My health has suffered 0 1 2 3 4
3. Caregiving has made me physically sick 0 1 2 3 4
4. I’m physically tired 0 1 2 3 4
           
Social Relationship Items          
1. I don’t get along with other family members as well as i used to 0 1 2 3 4
2. My caregiving efforts aren't appreciated by others in my family 0 1 2 3 4
3. I’ve had problems with my marriage (or other significant relationship) 0 1 2 3 4
4. I don’t get along as well as i used to with others 0 1 2 3 4
5. I feel resentful of other relatives who could not help 0 1 2 3 4
           
Emotional Health Items          
1. I feel embarrassed over his/her behavior 0 1 2 3 4
2. I feel ashamed of him/her 0 1 2 3 4
3. I resent him/her 0 1 2 3 4
4. I feel uncomfortable when i have friends over 0 1 2 3 4
5. I feel angry about my interactions with him/her 0 1 2 3 4

 

Total Score: ________________________________(0-96)

If you have a total score above 36 when you add up the points, you are very likely to be at risk for burning out as a caregiver.

If you have 3s or 4s answer, you need to give careful thought about why you scored so high on the question and see if you can find a way to reduce the stress you are experiencing.

 

One of the solutions may be temporary respite care for your loved one and/or joining a local support group or alzheimer's support group.

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Source: A Caregiver's Guide by MOUNTAINLAND Aging & Family Services Department www.mountainland.org/aging

 


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