Hospice caregivers often give their all to loved ones needing help. But the hard work of tending to the needs of others takes a toll; emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually.
How can caregivers find that refreshing well to draw from? Is there a way to refill when that well is low?
One of the signs that a caregiver is “running dry” is when they notice their actions and thoughts change and they say to themselves or others, “What is happening to me?” When this occurs, burnout may be close behind.
Restoration comes from finding your source of joy so you can share that comfort with others. Sometimes it's giving yourself permission to rediscover a hobby or try a new one. Try making jewelry, knitting, gardening, writing or woodworking. Reconnect with family or friends over dinner to recharge your soul.
Once you find your source of renewal, keep returning to that well. Remember, a fountain never refilled soon runs dry.
Learn to step back and take a caregiving time-out. The best caregivers are those who learn to care for themselves.
Hospice is a fully covered Medicare benefit.
Coverage includes nurses, other caregivers, medicines, supplies and equipment, with no out-of-pocket expenses for the hospice diagnosis.