If you are the primary caregiver for a parent or other loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, limited mobility, or another age-related condition, you may be at risk for caregiver burnout. Caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue occur to individuals who carry a heavy burden of stress while caring for others. You are at particularly high risk if you are available for care around the clock or receive little to no help from others.
Signs of caregiver burnout include:
- Excessive tiredness, including insomnia or oversleeping
- Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Feelings of sadness, depression, or increased irritability
- Emotional exhaustion that may lead to withdrawal from friends or family
- Loss of compassion and empathy
What to do About Caregiver Burnout
If you are suffering from caregiver burnout, it may be helpful to take a break or go on a vacation. Additionally, you should find someone else who can contribute significantly to caregiving on a regular basis. If your loved one’s condition has gradually worsened, you may not have noticed when you reached the point of no longer being able to bear the load of caregiving alone.
Many families who attempt to care for their loved ones at home eventually discover that the load is too much to bear. Fortunately, there are many assisted living communities in Madison designed to relieve caring, compassionate families who recognize that they can’t do it all by themselves anymore.
Options for Help
Madison senior living communities offer various care options, including independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Independent living facilities are excellent for seniors who need minimal to no assistance caring for themselves but enjoy the benefits of living in a senior retirement community in Madison, including opportunities for social interaction and help with cooking, cleaning, and laundry.
Madison assisted living facilities are very similar in appearance to independent living but include more options for additional care, including assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, incontinence management, and health monitoring.
In cases where your loved one has advanced Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia, Madison memory care facilities are designed specifically to keep them safe and healthy. Memory care is a special kind of care that offers more supervision than an assisted living community but is a more relaxed, community-oriented space than a skilled nursing facility.
Assisted living communities in Madison are designed to offer relief for caring families who want the best for their aging loved ones. If you need help selecting a senior retirement community in Madison, we are here to help!
Tennyson Retirement Living and East Madison Assisted Living
Tennyson Retirement Living offers experienced and caring staff, a busy social calendar with something for everyone, outdoor patios and gardens, and lovely private apartments. We would be glad to answer any questions you might have and help you find the best care available for your loved one. Ask about our options available for independent living, assisted living, and memory care.
Tennyson Retirement Living
1936 Tennyson Lane
Madison, WI 53704