Daily Dementia Dose: How to prevent caregiver burnout

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Daily Dementia Dose: How to prevent caregiver burnout

If you are a caregiver, taking care of your patients or your loved ones, and if you’re taking care of them 24/7, you’re going to get burned out.

My wife worked as a nurse. If a nurse works a 12-hour shift, they get tired.

They need to rest. They need to go home.

If you’re a caregiver and you’re taking care of your loved ones 24/7, you need to rest.

You need to find rest.

Here are some tips you can use to prevent caregiver burnout:

First, is that you have to find rest. Find help.

Second, you need to give yourself a present.

My wife, when she gets tired, when she gets burned out, she goes out and have her hair fixed or whatever.

It doesn’t have to be a physical present.

Just getting out and walking outside for 20-30 minutes, looking at the sunset, is be good for you.

Third is that you need to surround yourself with friends. Supportive friends.

Surround yourself with positive minded people, because you are the average of the five people that you hang out with.

If you hang out with negative people, you’re just going to burn out.

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Dr Michael Chua PT, DPT

Dr Michael Chua is a physical therapist practising in Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Acute Care Hospital. His clinical interest involves pain management, geriatrics and dementia management. He enjoys treating patients and bringing out the best in them using positive treatment approaches, his dynamic work setting in a rural area provides an opportunity to treat a wide range from geriatrics to orthopaedics.

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