The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines ‘accountability’ as ‘the fact or condition of being accountable: responsibility’. As individuals, we can be accountable for people, our jobs, a project, (volunteer or otherwise), our communities, and/or our faith, among many other situations where we - intentionally or unintentionally -become accountable.

Parents and those who take on the role of caregiver for an elderly or infirm relative or friend are often susceptible to burnout because they cease to be accountable for their own well-being, allowing their concern for their patients to overshadow their own need for rest and rejuvenation. Because of this, they can become ill themselves or so stressed that they cease to function well on any front.