You're doing the right thing by asking your parent's in-home caregiver how she feels. Being honest and direct is the best way to encourage a caregiver to be the same
way with you.
Burnout is common among caregivers, as it's a demanding profession. Ask yourself a few questions: Is your parent's caregiver overworked? Are you asking for too much work or too many hours? Is your caregiver underworked, bored, or not making enough money to make ends meet? Does your caregiver feel respected and treated like a professional?
Talk these matters over with your parent's caregiver in as neutral a way as you can. If someone is working out well, it helps everyone -- you, your parent, and the caregiver -- to keep things running smoothly by making adjustments as needed.
Perhaps you need to cut down on work hours, review job tasks, or add a second or third caregiver to the mix. Is your caregiver doing more housecleaning or personal care than she anticipated? This is a good time to update your parent's needs and the tasks your caregiver is willing to do.
If your caregiver is bored, your parent might be, too. Plan more outings or activities that break the monotony for both of them, like seeing movies, concerts, or plays, or going shopping or to restaurants. Of course, the ability to do this depends on your parent's condition, but even simple trips or walks can be stimulating.
If your parent's caregiver isn't getting enough hours to make a sufficient income, she could be worried or depressed. If the caregiver is from an agency, talk to agency staff about the situation. Maybe there are ways for her to add hours by working with another client. If you've hired an independent caregiver, maybe you can help her get more work hours. Spread the word among friends. Perhaps you can increase her salary, even a little.