Do you think it's possible to care too much for your client? Today, many elderly would like to spend their last years at home, surrounded by their memories and family. To achieve this, many seniors hire an in-home caregiver so they can stay in familiar surroundings. Most caregivers are loving individuals who only desire to provide as much care as possible to their clients. In-home caregivers are responsible for helping prepare meals, doing some laundry and providing personal care. In some instances, in-home caregivers will also do minor errands or drive clients to physician appointments.
However, sometimes you may get overly involved with the patient or the family, leading to your own burnout. It is possible to do too much for your client, as it is in their best interest to be able to do as much for themselves as possible.
It is easiest to help your client get dressed, brush their teeth or completely prepare their meals, as opposed to standing by and watching a painfully slow process when someone is physically disabled and unable to move as quickly as you are. However, that is the basis of rehabilitation, allowing the client to do as much for themselves as possible. When you handle everything, the client will never get better.
Emotionally Overly Involved
It's also possible to get over-involved emotionally with your clients. Although it's necessary you provide companionship, if the relationship blossoms to the point where your client is calling you when you're not in the home and asking for advice on a consistent basis, it may be time to back off just a little. This can lead to feelings of stress or anxiety, as being overly involved places you at risk for burnout.
Offering to Help the Family
Another sign you might be overly involved with the family and doing too much is when you offer to do favors for other members of the family. You are hired to take care of your clients. If you do an errand once in a while, it's not something to worry about. However, when it becomes a common occurrence, it may be a sign you're overly involved with the family or they're taking advantage of you.
Friends and Family Express Concern
Burnout is a common occurrence when you are overly involved with your clients or you have not taken the time to take care of your own emotional and mental health. When your family and friends notice a difference in your behavior and express concerns about your well-being, it may be time to listen. Problems at home with your children and spouse may also be a result of burnout.
If you go for days without seeing anyone but your clients, or you are dropping out of your usual activities, this can also lead to burn out or be the result of burnout. When you're responsible at home for your family and at work for clients, it often leaves you feeling as if there's no time left for you. Consequently, when you get overly involved with a client, it increases your risk of burnout.
There is a high demand and emotional cost to being an in-home caregiver, so it is very important you take care of yourself as well as your client. Watch out for these signs, and take precautions to avoid them.
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