Offering caregiver services to several people who need help at home is challenging. Staying strong and not burning out in the role requires a specific approach. Also, it’s important to reduce any health risks that the job entails.
Here are four tips to reducing risk in the role and combating potential burnout.
1. Safety First
The term ‘caregiver’ covers a range of different services for people. However, it’s important to stay healthy and safe whatever your responsibilities are.
Depending on what you’ll be doing, it’s advisable to wear a PPE gown to protect yourself. These are offered in different levels of protection from liquid penetration. Often, people use ones that are expensive to replace and cannot be used repeatedly. This proves too expensive for caregivers who feel the need to wear one.
We’d suggest switching to reusable PPE gowns to reduce the cost and improve safety. Some offer Level 2 protection, which further lessens the likelihood of liquids finding their way through to the clothes worn underneath.
Also, consider wearing disposable gloves for some activities and a face mask too.
2. Manage Your Sleep Pattern
Getting enough sleep is difficult with a packed work schedule that’s both physically and mentally tiring. However, it’s the first tell-tale sign that something is wrong.
Not having as much patience is evident to others when sleep is lacking, or it’s being repeatedly interrupted during the night. Fatigue could be down to sleep issues, rather than getting older. So, don’t discount that either.
Also, do factor in any alcohol consumption or smoking because these can make it difficult to sleep through the night.
3. Establish What You’ll Do and Won’t Do
Due to the reality that any caregiver role varies so much, what people ask for help with is often surprising. Depending on what’s requested, it could add considerable stress that’s not beneficial to your wellbeing.
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If you’re unhappy with that aspect of the role and after a visit, you need to recompose yourself to continue your scheduled home visits, then it can make the rest of the workday more difficult.
Because of this, it’s necessary to know what your limits are. Where needed, set clear boundaries about what you will do in the role and things that aren’t covered. By establishing these at the start, they can be reaffirmed when requests come in that fall outside of your remit.
4. Care for Yourself Too
When caring for others, it is all too easy to forget about self-care. Feeling too worn out to do anything for yourself might feel right at the moment. However, it doesn’t lead anywhere good.
Visit the doctor when it’s needed and get to the dentist for regular check-ups too. Getting a daily walk outside is helpful to clear your mind and reduce stress.
Also, do not skip meals or eat low nutritional ones because you’re always rushing; it will come back to bite you.
By taking better care of yourself and setting work boundaries, it’s possible to remain a caregiver while staying strong. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.