Compassion Fatigue in Care Staff:
Compassion fatigue is a term that has been used previously but is becoming more recognised during the covid-19 pandemic.
‘Compassion fatigue is a broadly defined concept that can include emotional, physical, and spiritual distress in those providing care to another. It is associated with caregiving where people or animals are experiencing significant emotional or physical pain and suffering.’
At Apple House care homes we recognise that our brilliant carers are working incredibly hard to ensure that they are giving their utmost in these unprecedented times. They are caring for the people we support, their colleagues, families and family members of the people they support. It can seem overwhelming and we recognise that they too need time to talk, reflect and have a safe space to work in.
The Ten Laws Governing Healthy Caregiving*
1. Sustain your compassion
2. Practice authentic, sustainable self care daily
3. Build a support system
4. Create a work/life balance
5. Apply empathic discernment
6. Recognise the humour
7. Learn to let go
8. Acknowledge your successes
9. Remain optimistic
10. Elevate levels of compassion satisfaction
*Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project
It’s OK talk, share and receive the support you deserve.
–Romaine Lawson, Director of Operations, Apple House Care Homes