How can social media help prevent caregiver fatigue or burnout?

It is not just patients who need support. Caregivers need support too.

Taking care of a loved one with chronic illness is not an easy task. A caregiver needs to know everything about the sick loved one’s health including details about medications, laboratory results and follow-up  checkups. There are so many questions that need answers, so many things the caregiver has to learn related to the loved one’s illness.

Financial problems may also arise, not to mention the emotional stress caregivers go through knowing their loved one is ill. It can also be physically draining for the caregiver as some patients have mobility problems as a result of their illness. Caring for their patients occupy much of their time that the caregiver may begin to forget about his or her own health. And sometimes, the situation becomes overwhelming and caregiver fatigue or burnout results.

So what is caregiver burnout?

It is defined as “a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able — either physically or financially.”

Here are some of its signs.

Caregiver burnout is very real and we want to address this topic in tonight’s (December 13, 2014) #HealthXPh tweetchat.

We ask,

T1. What are the information needs of caregivers?

T2. How can social media help prevent caregiver fatigue or burnout?

T3. What online resources can you recommend for caregivers?

 

#HealthXPh tweetchat is every Saturday 9PM Philippine time. Just head on to Twitter and follow the hashtag #HealthXPh

 

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