Burnt out caregivers need support to work well

Caregiver with resident

New research out of Alberta found a clear link between emotional burnout of care workers and job dissatisfaction.

This is consistent with earlier research that found that poor job satisfaction in long-term care is associated with lower quality of life for residents, because it contributes to staff turnover, poorer staff health, and other adverse health effects.

“At CARP, we believe in caring for our caregivers,” says Marissa Lennox, Chief Policy Officer at CARP. “This means ensuring our homes are properly staffed and trained. It also means investing in a model of care that is person-centered, like the Butterfly Model which has proven to lead to better health outcomes overall.”

As Canadians live longer, more seniors than ever will require long-term care. Reducing caregiver burnout and distress is critical to ensure better health outcomes for residents.