Understanding the Dangers of Fatigue for a Family Caregiver

Caregiver Los Gatos, CA: Fatigue and Caregiving

June is National Safety Month. As a family caregiver, you might immediately think about the safety issues that impact your aging parent, such as falls, sunburns, fires, medication issues, and more. While these are always extremely important for you to pay attention to throughout your care journey, it is vital you do not overlook the critical importance of your own safety. In your role as a family caregiver, your safety is important not just for you, but also for your senior, and all those who rely on you. One of the safety issues that can be particularly pressing for a family caregiver is fatigue. By understanding the potential dangers of fatigue, you can take steps in your care experience to reduce this fatigue, protect yourself from it, and function more effectively and efficiently in your care role, as well as in the rest of your life.

Some ways fatigue can be very dangerous for you as a family caregiver include:

  • Inability to make decisions quickly, effectively, and reliably
  • Memory lapses
  • Loss of judgement
  • Diminished ability to make plans
  • Decreased productivity
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Reduced ability to cope with and get through stress
  • Inability to stay awake, even when engaged in an activity such as driving
  • Decreased ability to respond to surroundings
  • Increased risk of long-term ill effects on health and well-being, including digestive problems, chronic infections, increased risk of illness, and depression

Fatigue can be very uncomfortable and dangerous for you as a family caregiver. Not only can it diminish your own health and well-being, but it can also make it harder for you to give your senior the level of care they need and deserve as they age in place. If you are struggling with fatigue, consider home care for your aging parent. Having an in-home senior care services provider in the home with your loved one gives you the opportunity to rest, relax, and recuperate while still knowing they are getting the care and services they need. This can be particularly valuable if your parent is living with a particularly challenging health issue or need, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, or severe mobility problems. A care provider can also be very useful for managing sensitive care tasks that can leave you feeling both emotionally and physically stressed and exhausted. Entrusting care tasks such as bathing to a care provider can be comforting to both of you and help you to experience less fatigue.

If you or your loved one is looking for Home Care or Placement Services in Los Gatos, CA, please call Familiar Surroundings Home Care.

Santa Clara County:(408) 979-9990

San Mateo County:(650) 353-9777

Santa Cruz County:(831) 480-3990

https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/safety-topics/fatigue

Laura Wentling

Laura has been involved in the home care industry for more than 20 years. She knows all the aspects of the business and what it takes to provide excellent customer service. Her ability to focus on clients and personal attendants on an individual basis makes her an outstanding leader. Marinating a standard of professionalism and quality with her administrative staff and personal attendants through direct interaction, is a goal which Laura strives to meet daily. Laura is a "hands on" partner and is always available to meet with both our clients and personal attendants when needed.
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