COVID & Caregiver Fatigue

November 14, 2020

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With the rise of the second wave of COVID, I just wanted to take a few minutes to check in with you and see how you are doing.

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, but even more so for us families that have a loved one with a developmental disability. Many of the families that I work with are experiencing caregiver fatigue. If this is you, you are not alone. 

I created this short video to see how you are managing, to help you feel less alone, and to share a few things that I’ve seen families doing that has helped them get a recharge.

Disclaimer: In this video, I share how my family has managed paid supports during COVID. I am not suggesting that you follow what my family has done to manage paid supports. Each family must assess their unique risk factors and make decisions accordingly.

Very best,

Eric

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  • Great video, Eric! It’s so true that we, as caregivers, can easily suffer burn out. Yesterday, I actually DID send family members to get takeout for supper, in order to give me a break. Takeout is one of the things that I try to do once or twice per week to give myself a break, but sending someone else to get it is something fairly new to me. Another thing that I do to give myself a break is go out for a walk, and sometimes a power walk. When our children were little and much more needy, as soon as my husband was in the door from work, I’d be out the door for a power “survival” walk. Fresh air, brisk exercise, and a break works wonders. Pre-Covid/when our children were younger, and when our needs were much higher, I would also sometimes have a family member stay with the kids while hubby and I would go out for a grocery shopping and fast food mini date. We would also have the kids take turns having a sleepover with the grandparents, in order to give ourselves a much needed break.

    • Hi Janette,

      Thank you for the kind words!
      I appreciate you sharing your experience with us, and sharing what is helpful for you! I think this will help others as well.

      very best,
      Eric

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