Caregiver Burn Out

Caregiver burn-out is when a family member gets to a point where they have completely exhausted themselves in caring for their loved one with a brain injury. And so a lot of times in that situation what can be really helpful is respite care-- giving the caregiver a break by taking the person to a facility that specializes in caring for someone with a brain injury and giving that person time to readjust, get a breather, relax, and then get back on with life. It's just as helpful for them to take care of yourself as it is to take care of them.

Services like respite care can help an exhausted caregiver rest and refuel.

Michael Paul Mason

Michael Paul Mason is the founding editor of This Land, a monthly magazine based in Tulsa. Mason's first book, Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath, is an exploration into the harsh realities endured by people with brain injury. 

Posted on BrainLine October 28, 2010.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Brian King, BrainLine.