Signs and Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout

Burnout is a very real concern for anyone in the caregiving profession.  According to WebMD.com, “Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude-from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able-either physically or financially. Caregivers who are “burned out” may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression.”

You can help yourself and your staff by knowing and watching for the signs of burnout:

  • Physical signs and symptoms: fatigue, muscle tension, insomnia, low energy
  • Emotional signs and symptoms: boredom, feeling out of control, emotionally drained, anger, resentment, anxiety, dreading work
  • Cognitive signs and symptoms: negative attitude about responsibilities, lack of concentration, self doubt, forgetfulness, pessimistic thinking
  • Interpersonal signs and symptoms: withdrawal from co-workers, family, and friends; isolation; relationships suffer; impatient with residents or family/friend

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