Let’s Talk About Caregiver Fatigue

Living Livita
July 22, 2020

This might sound familiar to you:

Someone you love is ageing and you want to
ensure that they continue to live a healthy, balanced, and fulfilling life. You
may not be sure how they would enjoy senior independent living, so you offer to
have them live with you so you can take care of them.

Something to keep in mind when caring for a
loved one is a phenomenon called “Caregiver Fatigue.” If you find the
definition below describes you, it may be time to discuss senior independent
living options with your loved one.

What is Caregiver Fatigue?

Simply put, it is the mental, physical, and
emotional exhaustion that you may feel from taking on the role of caregiver, it
can happen to anyone responsible for caring for someone else. That is why it’s
important to be mindful of how you are feeling as a primary caregiver.

Caregiver fatigue symptoms include:

  • Feeling depressed
  • Sleep issues
  • Resentment of the care receiver
  • Social withdrawal
  • Missing appointments and not
    meeting other responsibilities
  • General lack of motivation.

If you are experiencing any of these, it
may be time to take a step back and assess what is truly best for you and your
loved one.

The Problem of Caregiver Fatigue…and the

So many families tell the team at Queens
Avenue Retirement Residence that they would like to be a son, daughter, or
family member again, rather than a caregiver. In Canada, some 65% of caregiving
is provided by family members, but this responsibility can have a hidden cost.

Many have given up jobs, have health issues
of their own, are older or are looking after their own children or

Then there is the simple fact of
exhaustion. As much as caregiving is a labour of love, it is still labour, and
not everyone has the ability to take that on. That is why there are trained
professionals to ensure that everyone can get the standard of care that they

Today we are highly aware of the health and
social costs of hands-on caregiving. Senior independent living offers the
solution of having trained professionals deliver excellent care for Mom, Dad, and
any other loved ones. (macarthurmc.com) This allows you to focus on being a happy part of their
lives without having the full responsibility of care on your shoulders.

Senior Suites in Independent Living
Where Your Loved Ones Are Safe and Happy

Queens Avenue Retirement Residence is
passionate about ensuring that all its residents do not just feel at home, they
feel like they are part of a community that truly cares.

We offer a wide variety of senior
independent living options as well as care options so your loved ones can have
an experience tailored to their needs. To find out more you can take
a virtual tour
, or give us a call at (905) 815-0862 xt 224.

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