Caregivers Article


Compassion Fatigue

Being a caregiver is hard work. Caregiving is not just “taking care” of another person, whether it be a spouse, parent or child, but it’s also about listening and seeing the stories of those we help.
The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project www.compassionfatigue.org states that compassion fatigue is experiencing constant stress due to being in caregiving roles and exposure to trauma based needs. How do I know if I’m experiencing compassion fatigue? Here are some of the symptoms to look for:
 • Physical manifestations of pain
 • Insomnia
 • High blood pressure
 • Anxiety
 • Headaches/migraines
 • Irritability
 • Under or over-eating (each person is different)
 • Indigestion
 • Frustration with work or loved ones
 • Apathy
• Difficulty concentrating
 • Depression
• And much more
 How do I know if I’m experiencing the stress from these symptoms? Ask yourself:
 • Do I seem to be more stressed coming or going from work?
 • Do I think about the things encountered at work when at home?
 • Do I find reasons to not come in to work?
• Do I avoid certain assignments more than others because they are bothersome?
 • Do I find myself emotionally invested more than I should be?
 • Do I find that when leaving work I have headaches or stomach aches?
 Resilience is the key to helping us cope with compassion fatigue. What can I do?
 • Acknowledge your struggles
 • Express your feelings
 • Find support systems/people
• Identify self-care techniques
 • Have positive hobbies/activities separate from work
What can I do to take care of myself?
 • Spending time with loved ones/friends – not in a caregiving role
• Reading a book
 • Enjoying a nice dinner
 • Exercising
 • Time with your furry friends
 • Long walk
 • Vacation
 • Whatever helps you unwind!!
It is important for us to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others. It has been said that “you are no good to others if you are not in a good place”. When we are in a good place we are most effective and we are most authentic in helping others. The Compassion Fatigue website gives a lot of good information, resources and suggested readings to assist us in recognizing and helping us with compassion fatigue. For more information, go to: http://www.compassionfatigue.org Permission to use information given by Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project.

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  • Do I need long-term care insurance?
  • My Mom is disabled, she should be doing physical therapy but she refuses to help herself and wont let us help her, she ignores her health completely and sits around all day drinking and taking her prescription pills and is in and out of the hospital, she's becoming a danger to herself and refuses to see it. what are the laws to putting her into a rehab or nursing home.
  • I miss ssed my last court date and I want to know if I am able to refile for grandparents gaurdingship ship
  • My father in law, who lives in Mesa, has asked me to be his power of attorney. I live in Oregon. Can I use Arizona's form to do this, and will it be valid even though I don't live in the same state?
  • I have had someone living with me for the past 3 years as somewhat of a caregiver. I have lupus and Fybromyalgia and there are days when I can not function. I never know when something will happen. I live in an apartment andhave for 6 years. All the other managers knew that someone was with me and why and it was okay. Now we have a new management company who said that he has to fill out a credit report and since he is not working, they said that he has to let them know who is buying the soap, toilet tissue, toothpaste, etc. Since he does not have a job, he does get food stamps. Now, my question is..is it legal for them to ask him who pays for what. I don't think they can ask him that because that has nothing to do with adding him to the lease.
  • How do I begin to file probate if there is no will?
  • I reading tutor and have a student who works as a caregiver. Is it true that as of Jan. 1, 2010 she will have to be certified as a caregiver?
  • I need info pertaining to my rights power of attorney for my father and how to keep ex-stepmother from getting his pension.
  • Can a sister who has power of attorney,request that the assistant living facility where our elderly mother resides, take my name(mother's son) off of the emergency / hospital notification list? What is the legal procedure to get this reversed?
  • Is it legal for a caregiver to take funds from their patients and can you give case precedents? Also does this apply to power of attorney too?

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