September 23, 2016 |

3 Important Reasons Why You Should Prevent Caregiver Burnout

Being a senior caregiver is one of the most demanding (and underappreciated) careers on the planet.  The work is absolutely critical to the health and wellbeing of elderly clients, and it’s fraught with challenges.  Caregivers feel pressed to deliver excellent care while facing long working hours, competing demands on time, and clients who are often in poor health.  And that’s just the pressures of the job.  Like everyone else, senior caregivers have to balance work with the demands of home, too.

It’s a heavy load.  Many caregiver employers struggle to assess their employees’ workloads and needs.  The employer understands that quality senior care requires caregivers who aren’t stressed beyond what they can bear, but it can be difficult to balance client needs and caregiver needs.

And SeniorGrowth has the answer.  A quick, free caregiver burden assessment lets you get an overview of how you and your team are managing your workload.  Why is it so important to take an objective look at your caregivers’ burden?  Let’s explore some critical reasons.

1. Employee Satisfaction and Retention

It costs a lot of money to find, hire, and train employees, which means it makes excellent financial sense to work hard to retain your outstanding staff.  When you’re training a new caregiver, that pulls you away from other important responsibilities.  In addition to the simple dollar costs associated with employee turnover, your caregivers’ satisfaction matters to your entire company’s reputation.  If you can’t provide good working conditions for your staff, how can you expect clients to trust you with senior care?  When it’s working most efficiently and effectively, caregiving is a partnership, one that depends on mutual respect and trust.  While you may have some luck with simply asking caregivers to let you know when they’re feeling excessively stressed, your most effective strategy is an objective assessment like the one SeniorGrowth provides.  In just a few minutes, you can identify employees who may be struggling and step in to prevent burnout.  Making sure your caregivers aren’t overloaded is well worth the time and effort.  It’s the right thing to do.

2. Client Satisfaction

When caregiver burnout first begins to manifest, it’s frequently in ways that don’t affect client care.  Caregivers may have trouble sleeping.  Their personal relationships may suffer.  Their health may even suffer.  But eventually, if an employer doesn’t manage the burnout effectively, client care inevitably suffers, too.  Caregivers who are tired and depressed are far more prone to be impatient with senior clients.  They’re more likely to make mistakes – some of which could have life-threatening effects.  They’re less adept at juggling the competing demands on their time, and they’re far more likely to fail in delivering top-notch care.  In short, caregivers suffering from burnout aren’t as capable as they once were.  Since your business depends on providing excellent senior care, it’s your responsibility to help watch for signs of burnout and make changes when appropriate.  Your clients’ quality of life is your highest priority, and ensuring that your caregivers aren’t overloaded lets you consistently deliver on that priority.

3. Schedule Management

It’s a chore you face week in and week out:  making sure you have consistent, appropriate coverage for all your senior clients.  It’s always a challenge to balance your staffing needs, especially when you’re focused on making sure your caregivers aren’t overloaded.  Many outstanding caregivers leave the profession due to burnout, and you can imagine just how hard it will be to manage your schedule if you lose one or more of your best employees.  Balancing difficult duties and sharing the workload helps you keep your dedicated, hardworking staff in place.  Being able to identify – based on an objective assessment – when one of your caregivers is beginning to show signs of burnout lets you actively manage the situation.  If you know there’s a problem, you’re able to take steps to improve your caregiver’s situation.  Failing to respond to caregiver burnout makes scheduling that much more difficult.

We tend to think we can manage our businesses without needing fancy tools or analytics, but the fact is that we’re not omniscient.  That’s why a caregiver burden assessment is so important.  SeniorGrowth’s sophisticated assessment does the hard work for you.  We’ve identified the pain points for caregivers, and we’ve built a tool that requires little time from you and delivers critical results.

You’re up to your elbows in the day-to-day management of your business, so it’s understandable that you might find it difficult to step back and assess your caregivers objectively.  Sign up with SeniorGrowth today, and your caregivers can complete a quick caregiver burden assessment that will help you manage happy employees, provide excellent senior care, and manage your schedule more effectively.