Category: Resources

Caregiver Stress, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Causes

Stress, burnout and compassion fatigue creeps very stealthily on many family caregivers.  So focussed on caring for a loved one who is ailing, disabled or who has an alcohol/substance addiction, many neglect their own physical and mental health. Caregivers often experience high levels of stress but, acknowledging and giving voice to it does not come…

Self Care

“You cannot pour out of an empty cup” this saying captures vividly the need for family caregivers to practice self-care consistently. Many caregivers pour out of their lives in every way possible to provide the best care and support they possibly can for their family members. All too often though, we pour out but we…

Signs of Caregiver Stress, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Caregiver Stress: Stress arousal is often the first sign that a family caregiver is not getting the physical, emotional and spiritual support that they need.  Caregiver stress has a significant impact on the health and wellness of caregivers. Caregiver Burnout:  Is a state where highly committed individuals lose their spirit because they are on emotional…

Family Caregiver Categories

There are different categories of family caregivers and although each may have similar experiences and face similar challenges, the extent of these similarities and differences may vary. Primary Caregiver: The family member who takes the most active role in caregiving. They often help with activities of daily living (ADLs) like personal hygiene, dressing, getting in…

Types of Family Caregiver Support Groups

Family caregiver support groups are important because they create connectedness with people who get each other because of their shared situations. Very often family caregivers get disconnected from many aspects of life because of the numerous responsibilities they juggle or because of caregiver burnout. They are great for providing social connection, emotional support, information, giving…

Caregiver Guilt – Duncan’s Story

After attending an in-person family caregiver forum, Duncan wrote to share his reflections in caregiver guilt. In my many years of being a long distance family caregiver and working in a profession that revolves around caregiving, never had I thought that I needed someone to care for me as well. Having been in this journey…

Caregiver Guilt – Some Triggers

One of the most common and perplexing experiences in the family caregiver journey is guilt.  Irrespective of the type of family caregiver one is. Caregiver guilt can be triggered by a number of things: The cause of the condition:  Contributes to guilt if you feel responsible whether directly or indirectly for your family member’s physical…