Caregiver Burnout Quiz How Do You Rate?

By on May 15, 2014
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Here is a caregiver burnout quiz!  Take it often, to check your level of caregiver burnout.

Providing care for someone else brings many experiences into a family caregiver’s life. Some are positive and rewarding. However, there is a downside to caregiving.  The tension, depression and anxiety of trying to meet the needs for another human being, over time,  develops into caregiver burnout.

It is so important to focus on self care. Not an easy task for many caregivers.

There is life after caregiving.  You want to have a life to return to when your journey comes to an end.

The caregiver stress statistics are bleak.

Not taking care of yourself leads to chronic health issues, elder abuse, and, at times, even death of the caregiver.

It is so important for the family caregiver to focus on their own health and well being, as well as,  know their limitations. Many caregivers have a difficult time setting boundaries. This results in self neglect.

The problem with self neglect, is, that the very thing many family caregiver is trying to accomplish, keeping their family member at home, falls apart, when they themselves become ill.

You, the family caregiver, are the most important part of the caregiving equation. Without you, it all falls apart.

Caregiver burnout, is the number one reason for admissions, to alternative settings such as: Assisted Living and nursing homes.

To be a caregiver, a person must have a sense of selflessness, in order to take on the task of caring for another human being.

A caregiver must also realize, they are human, and have needs and limitations. Unmet needs,  and exceeding your limits, leads to caregiver stress and burnout.

Caregiver guilt, fatigue, depression, a compromised immune system, over time,  obstructs the family caregiver’s ability to make good decisions or provide good care.

It is important that caregivers know, they have caregiver rights.

It is also important, that a family caregiver understand that there is a life after caregiving.

If you do not nourish your outside relationships, enjoy activities and hobbies, what will you have to go back to doing? How will you live?

Caregiver stress and burnout kills.

guided meditation for relaxation and stress relief

guided meditation for relaxation and stress relief

Monitoring your stress and burnout levels, will help you help you be aware of your health.  Hopefully, this allows you to take the steps necessary to minimize or prevent burnout.

The Caregiver Burn Out Quiz

Exactly what’s your caretaker fatigue index?

There are  12 questions, add your scores  (A = 4 factors, B = 3 factors, C = 2 factors, D = 1 factor), and  then discover lifesaving methods for stress management.

Let’s see what your levels are:

1. Just how common is it for you to get a great night’s  rest (7 or even more hrs)?

a. Every day.

b. Often.

c. Sometimes.

d. Seldom or never ever.

2. Just how often do you enjoy  recreational activities or hobbies, that you appreciated prior to caregiving?

a. Every day.

b. Often.

c. Sometimes.

d. Seldom or never ever.

3. Just how often do you really feel cranky or get easily irritated with others?

a. Seldom or never ever.

b. Sometimes.

c. Often.

d. Every day.

4. Just how often do you feel happy or full of gratitude?

a. Every day.

b. Often.

c. Sometimes.

d. Seldom or never ever.

5. Just how often do you feel it is just a challenge to even focus?

a. Seldom or never ever.

b. Sometimes.

c. Often.

d. Every day.

6. Just how frequently do you require a cigarette(s) or need a caffeine fix (greater than 2 cups of coffee or soda)  to make it through the day? 

a. Seldom or never ever.

b. Sometimes.

c. Often.

d. Every day.

7. Exactly how frequently do you feel drained and tired and do not want to prepare, clean, or deal with daily essentials?

a. Seldom or never ever.

b. Sometimes.

c. Often.

d. Every day.

8.  How often do you really feel hopeless and helpless regarding the future?

a. Seldom or never ever.

b. Sometimes.

c. Often.

d. Every day.

9. Just how difficult is it for  you to be able to unwind, without using liquor or prescribed tranquilizers?

a. Every day.

b. Often.

c. Sometimes.

d. Seldom or never ever.

10. Just how common is it for you to feel overwhelmed, by all you need to do?

a. Seldom or never ever.

b. Sometimes.

c. Often.

d. Every day.

11. Just how often are you criticized about your caregiving ?  or been told by others that you are stressing out?

a. Seldom or never ever.

b. Sometimes.

c. Often.

d. Every day.

12. How often do you wish that there was someone there, to take care of you and meet your needs ?

a. Every day.

b. Often.

c. Sometimes.

d. Seldom or never ever.

Well, how did you do on the Caregiver burnout quiz?

This self-test isn’t really a  scientific analysis or medical test; it’s a tool to assist you to recognize whether your tension and stress levels warrant taking actions towards protecting yourself from the negative results of chronic stress.

So, now add up your rating. Each A = 4 factors, B = 3 factors, C = 2 factors, D = 1 factor.

caregiver burnout48-42: This is great! You have your stress levels under control .

Your heart and head are both in the best location, and your stress-busting techniques are working!  It is important to continue your healthy behaviors. Caregiver stress can creep up on you when you are not expecting it. Use stress management techniques as part of your daily routine.

If you are in a marriage or relationship, remember that a healthy and balanced relationship or various other close partnerships, could be a source of support and comfort.

Remember that there is life after caregiving and you want to have a life that you can return to.

30-41: MINIMAL  STRESS THREAT.

You’re most likely handling your stress and tension fairly well.  Do not allow yourself to fall under a common caregiver trap: letting your own needs and comforts sink lower and lower on the day-to-day priorities list.

Your goals is to find a healthy and balanced solution. Everybody has a periodic crazy-busy days, yet, way too many of them, leads to chronic stress.

This causes deterioration of your health and wellness and can cause major health problems.

Protect your time for self-care and “me time”. 

18-29:  First Alarm Stress Alert

Whoa ! You are in desperate need of stress management.  You might already be experiencing signs of chronic stress, anxiety, and depression such as: a compromised immune system, and just plain old fatigue.

This chronic stress could cause some persistent medical conditions such as: high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and persistent depression.

It’s crucial that you take actions instantly, to decrease your anxiety and improve your efforts at self-care. This may include sharing of caregiving duties and  participating in  support groups to discuss your complex feelings.

12-17: Five Alarm Stress Alert (currently totally stressed out).

It’s a marvel– and a good thing– that you managed to take this test.  You’re operating on fumes. Is your caregiving journey  like running a sprint marathon?

Your desire to do your very best, for your family member, is putting your own health and wellness is at stake.  If you do not look out for, Number One, you will not be able to continue your caregiving journey.

Let us help you.

Caregiver Relief: A Stress Management Guide was written for you the family caregiver. It will help you to be aware of your stress , incorporate techniques to avoid burnout.

Stress management may include outside help- here is The Family Guide to in Home Health Carecaregiver stress cd pic

Here are some tests to monitor your stress:

Caregiver stress test #1

Caregiver stress test #2

Caregiver stress test #3

 

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