compassionfatigue.orgCompassion Fatigue

New research compiled from a survey of 91,080 baby boomer caregivers was announced April 2010 by the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and Comp Psych Corp and showed that:

  • Four out five baby boomer caregivers are stressed.
  • Two-thirds have taken off at least one day a week (and often more) from work for caregiving responsibilities.
  • 46.6 percent of younger boomers are worried about their jobs due to missing work or leaving early.
  • The number one concern for boomers 55+ is about postponing retirement because of caregiving responsibilities.
  • Boomers take more leaves due to illness than any other age group of workers.

Without a doubt boomer caregivers are exhausted, stressed, and worried! How can they neutralize and manage their stress without compromising the quality of care they provide? The site focuses on providing awareness and education to caregivers of all kinds, professional and family, so that they can learn and implement healthy care giving practices and still provide quality care to others.

When caregivers focus on others without regard to their own emotional and physical health, over time destructive behaviors can surface. Apathy, isolation, bottled up emotions and substance abuse are now recognized as symptoms associated with compassion fatigue, a traumatic stress disorder.

We all have stress in our lives, but when are boomer caregivers at risk for caregiver fatigue? More than likely the caregivers’ closest family members and friends are the first to observe and worry about their destructive behaviors. This site provides 2 self tests for quick diagnosis: Caregiver Fatigue (in eight languages) and a Life Style Stress Questionnaire, both with directions for scoring and interpreting results. The site lists the professional testing experts, their credentials and contact information.

If diagnosed as a fatigued caregiver, the boomer follows the steps clearly outlined to work toward physical and mental wellness while continuing to provide compassionate care to others. There are excellent links to national & international organizations offering resources, training, and counseling for general caregivers, family caregivers, and even animal caregivers.

The parent company site offers original training materials, workbooks and texts for a minimal cost. Also provided at this site are links to 10 free relevant articles; suggestions from seasoned associates; list of 23 must read books with a link to for book reviews, ratings and if desired, purchase; free downloads of the Caregiver’s Bill of Rights and a poster of Eight Laws Governing Healthy Caregiving.

Overly stressed boomer caregivers have a choice: continue to jeopardize your mental and physical well being or go and follow the clearly defined steps to become a healthy caregiver who provides quality compassionate care. The choice is a baby boomer no brainer.