Showing care and concern for the elderly fraternity, be it your own family or any stranger, can be extremely pleasing and rewarding. There is a lot of satisfaction involved in this. But this, for some, could also be very upsetting and frustrating. You will hardly know this if you have never been involved in this sort of an issue earlier in your life. It can make you very pessimistic and put you on the downfall track of burnout. It will take a lot from you to recoup yourself and get your acts together. It is no temporary action as you need to be at it full time, even if you are elsewhere. Thus it becomes very important to know to recognize the frustration and stress involved and how to cope with it.
Caregivers also experience a similar case off trauma and stress over a period of time just like a person taking care of an elderly relative. The upsetting part would be the elderly person, after sometime, turn at you and not recognize you for all the work you had done. It is very disturbing for sure even though this could be an extreme example taken into consideration. There are various other sources of stress when it comes to taking care of elders. Non-compliance with requests, threatening, violence or even intolerable behavior, confusion and illness are certain other things which cause the problem. You might have to put in extra effort sometimes on full time basis and this could be tiring. Even if you are not working on full time basis with a particular elder it is extremely hard. Your mind will tend to stagnate on this issue and its tough switching your mind. All your focus might be directed to this and thereby losing control over things.
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