Daily Dementia Dose: Prevent Caregiver Burnout

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I’m coming to you live from Union City, Tennessee, right here at the gasoline station.

My gasoline indicator said, “Hey you need to fill up.” So I immediately found a gasoline station and filled up my gas tank because I don’t want to empty out my gasoline.

It’s the same thing with care-giving when we’re taking care of our loved ones, or taking care of a dementia patient, or your mother who is sick, or your father who had a stroke.

If you’re taking care of a loved one, you don’t want your gasoline tank to drain. You don’t want to get burnt out.

As much as possible, listen to your intuition, listen to your body, listen to your gas indicator if the gas is almost empty.

You have to make sure that you always check your burnt out level.

If you are almost burnt out, you have to make sure you rest, you go out, you exercise, and make sure you at least refill your tank.

So if you are a caregiver, make sure you rest.

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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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