Burnout is something that caregivers are at great risk of facing. You might not realize it, though, because burnout can be extremely subtle. These are just a few of the signs you should be on the lookout for as you go through your daily activities.
Really Simple Tasks Are Much More Difficult Now
Simple tasks don’t take a lot out of you when you’re centered and feeling well on all levels. But when you’re stressed or overwhelmed, folding laundry becomes a massive chore that can feel as if it’s just too much. Emptying the dishwasher becomes too difficult. When you’re starting to notice that those little chores are too much, that’s a sign.
Tasks You Used to Enjoy Are Not Enjoyable Anymore
What about the things you used to love doing? Before you took on more responsibilities as a caregiver, did you do things just for fun? If so, think about when you last did those activities. If you’re still doing them but they’re not as fun anymore, that can be an indication that there’s more going on than you realize.
Solving Even Simple Problems Is Increasingly Difficult
When you’re running on all your cylinders, you’re able to be creative and think fast on your feet. This is especially important as a caregiver. But when you’re starting to experience the beginning stages of burnout, you might find that it’s really tough to solve even those simple problems that didn’t stump you before. That adds frustration to the mix.
You Can’t Think of Anything that You Enjoy
It’s not just enough that some of the activities that you used to love aren’t interesting anymore, sometimes you might find that you just don’t remember what you enjoy at all. Everything might feel a bit dull or dark to you. So when you do have a little bit of time to yourself, you might feel stumped about what you might even do with that time at all. That’s a big problem because it can lead to you avoiding time away from caregiving at all.
Burning out is something you definitely want to avoid and the best way to do that is to learn what it looks like when you’re getting close. Everyone has slightly different symptoms, so yours won’t look like everyone else’s. Part of being an effective caregiver is taking care of yourself as much as you’re taking care of the other people in your life.
A good way to relieve the burnout before it gets into full swing is to call a home care services provider in your area. They can give you some respite time by taking your loved one on an outing or taking over some of the daily responsibilities from you so you may get the break you deserve.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Carmel, IN, please call the caring staff at Home Services Unlimited. Serving Greater Indianapolis Area. Call for Immediate Info & Assistance: (317) 471-0760
As a practicing Registered Nurse, Etelka was keenly aware of a void in quality patient care that could be provided in the home. She embarked upon a journey to develop a home health care agency that would exceed all expectations and become a trusted partner to physicians and patients.
A Distinguished Career From Nurse to Director of Nursing to President of Home Services Unlimited
Etelka’s distinguished career followed a logical progression to her position as President of Home Services Unlimited. She graduated as a nurse practitioner with a Bachelor of Nursing (RN) in 1972 from Meshgorya University in the Ukraine, close to where she lived with her family. She married her husband Phil in 1973 and decided in 1977 that they would relocate to the United States to be closer to family and to come to this land of opportunity. With an eagerness to continue her budding career, Etelka sat for and passed her Boards in the U.S. in 1979.
A Love and Talent for Working with the Elderly
Etelka began her nursing career in the U.S. at Colonial Crest, now part of Golden Living, where she was the In-service Coordinator, the Director of Training and Education and Director of Nursing, a position she occupied for several years.
With a group of partners, she co-founded Adept Corporation, which operated group homes for the mentally challenged. The business was successful and in 1996, Etelka sold her share to return to her roots, caring for the elderly.
In January of 1997, Etelka opened Home Services Unlimited as a fully licensed business to provide home health care. In her quest to learn to do better for her patients, she had already obtained a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in May of 1990 from the College of St. Francis. As President of Home Services Unlimited, Inc., Etelka guides the trusted, experienced care model Home Services Unlimited uses to continue providing excellent home health care.
Giving Back to the Community of Indianapolis
Volunteering for community services is a high priority for Etelka. Her memberships include the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Executive Women in Health Care and the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care, where she is a member of the Board of Directors.
Etelka has also served on the Board of Directors with Hooverwood Home, a highly regarded geriatric facility, since 1997 and as the President for 2005-2006. Through her community work, she has received several awards and accolades, including the Nora McFarland award in 2002, from the Indiana Association of Home and Hospice Care.