Hello All: Please check out my first published article in my weekly column on caregivers. This article coveres a bit about the roles of caregivers along with the need for self-care and detection and treatment of burnout. Help me celebrate caregiviers–true heros in our community and families! The article is published in Largo Patch and features Operation PAR Medical Director and psychiatrist Michael Sheehan: http://largo.patch.com/articles/caregivers-are-heroes-but-not-superhuman-2#comments
Caregivers are heroes — they care for our community’s most vulnerable. They care for our youngest and eldest generations, provide care and support to the sick and dying, and assist those with substance abuse or mental health disorders and developmental or physical disabilities. These are the family members, friends, professionals, paraprofessionals and volunteers there for us during the most difficult and trying times of our lives.
Although caregivers are heroes, they are not superheroes. They are prone to sickness, depression, sleep deprivation and neglecting other physical, emotional and spiritual needs for themselves. They give of themselves but too often forget to give back to themselves to stay physically and mentally healthy. Self care is the most neglected and important thing a caregiver must do.