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Burnout describes the state of an individual who, over a period of time, expends energy and effort without a balancing amount of time to recover from that expenditure. While this most often describes a reaction to a work environment, it does in fact apply to a variety of situations, including giving care to others.
Common Warning Signs of Caregiver Burnout
What Can You Do?
If you feel that some of these warning signs may be present for you or someone you know, consider asking a professional health care worker about ways to help avoid and recover from burnout. There are many options available, from asking other friends and family to help to having a professional health care worker come and assist on a regular basis.
While there are many difficulties that a caregiver may face in day to day care, here are the top three:
Last Updated: 9/12/2011