Posted: June 5, 2012 by Ty in Spirituality

National Post | Life

Are you taking care of a family member or friend who is ill or needs assistance? If the condition is temporary with an expected quick recovery, then your caregiving responsibilities will be short-term. If the condition is more serious or even terminal, then you run the risk of being pushed to the limits over time, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and challenged both mentally and physically.

These symptoms are associated with long-term caregiver stress or what is known as “compassion fatigue” in the medical community.


The term appeared in the 1950s, when it was first recognized that nurses who were providing long-term care for abused, elderly, handicapped or traumatized patients were becoming desensitized or less compassionate over time. For health-care providers and caregivers alike, compassion fatigue is synonymous with burnout.

As Canada’s population continues to age, many of us will find ourselves needing to provide care for our elderly parents…

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