Informal caregivers come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds, and most take care of aging in place elderly relatives. And although caregiving is highly rewarding, looking after an older loved one can oftentimes be physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. Caregiver fatigue and burnout are common, either of which can place both the caregiver and care recipient at risk. August is National Wellness Month, which makes it the perfect time for informal caregivers everywhere to pause and reflect on these self-care tips. 

Signs of Caregiver Burnout

The average informal caregiver juggles caregiving responsibilities with managing a household and at least a part-time job. As those daily pressures add up family conflict, social withdrawal and financial difficulties are