While serving largely behind the scenes, America’s healthcare system relies on over 50 million unpaid, or “informal”, caregivers every year. Most of those informal caregivers assist aging-in-place relatives with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, toileting or feeding. And although serving as a family caregiver is highly rewarding, many ultimately experience stress, fatigue and even full-blown caregiver burnout. If you are a primary family caregiver, as your loved one’s needs change it may become necessary to ask for support. 

Warning Signs of Caregiver Stress

As a primary caregiver feeling powerless and frustrated is not unusual. There are days when it seems like no matter how hard you try your loved one’s condition keeps getting worse. As the aging process continues you start investing more and more time into their care. Before you know it, those additional responsibilities have triggered caregiver stress.

Here are some classic warning signs