Caring for Caregivers

By Medha Saraiya, RPN and CEO of ConnexHealth

January 21st, 2021


According to Webster Dictionary, a caregiver is defined as, ‘a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill)’


Caregivers provide up to 75% of patient care which includes emotional support and advocating for your loved ones. Some of you might be primary caregivers to a loved one while juggling many different roles such as: working fulltime, taking care of children, or taking care of senior member(s) of your family. It is vital that you take some time to take care of yourself. Caregiver burnout is real, and it is important to learn about it and prevent it.


Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout include:

⭐Difficulty sleeping

⭐Changes in appetite

⭐Weakened immune system

⭐Irritability or aggression

⭐Prolonged lack of energy and a lack of interest in things that used to make you happy


Many individuals find it difficult to set aside time needed for self-care. It is important to take care of yourself, so you can fully tend to the needs of others. As they say prior to take-off while flying, ‘put your oxygen mask on first before helping others’.


Helpful Tips to Prevent and Treat Burnout:

⭐Spend time outside and exercise

⭐Maintain a proper sleep schedule

⭐Take regular breaks – even if just for a few minutes

⭐Treat yourself to small pleasures like a massage or a favourite meal

⭐Ask for help – you don’t have to be all things to all people