Caregivers often feel like they cannot set aside their caregiving responsibilities to connect with their friends as they used to. This is particularly the case for family caregivers. This can lead to loneliness and depression.
It’s important to be on the lookout for social isolation in caregivers. Here are some things to consider:
- Have they stopped their usual social activities and routines?
- Do they seem to have dropped all other responsibilities outside of caregiving?
- Do you see them outside of their home often?
- Do they complain that their other family members are not helping enough?
- Are they always tired or worried?
- Do they have a chronic health condition such as depression, failing memory, or hearing loss?
What can make things worse is that caregivers who feel most isolated struggle with reaching out in the first place. Sometimes, they don’t want to be perceived as a burden. So we should make it a practice to reach out to others throughout the year. It benefits the people we connect with and us as well.
Some of the self-care strategies for caregivers:
- Respite care
- Joining a caregiver support group
- Reconnecting with their interests
- Talking to a therapist
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