The everyday physical and emotional challenges of caring for an elderly, chronically ill, special needs, or disabled family member can take a physical and emotional toll on caregivers. Respite care allows caregivers to take time off while their loved one is cared for by someone else. It can be provided at home, in an adult day care, or a residential facility where a staff leads planned activities, such as music and art programs. Respite care provides caregivers with essential short-term breaks to run errands, relieve stress, and lead a more balanced life.
Respite Care Benefits Caregivers
Caregivers are known for neglecting their own needs to care for others, but that selflessness can lead to stress, depression, guilt, anger, sleep disorders, and strained social and family relationships. Frequent breaks are the best preventative care for caregivers in regards to their health and stress issues. A consistent schedule of respite care can help caregivers feel less exhausted, isolated, and overwhelmed. Time off is not a luxury, but a necessity since refreshed caregivers provide better care.
You Need to Run Errands, Have Fun or Take a Vacation
Caregivers still need to take care of errands (shopping, haircuts,) their own health (exercise, doctors appointments,) have breaks to spend time with friends and family, or just relax. Respite care provides caregivers the opportunity to plan and schedule frequent breaks to take care of all the other aspects of their lives. Caregivers can truly relax knowing their loved one is being cared for by another caring individual.
Take Anxiety Out of Unexpected Situations
Unplanned situations and emergencies are a part of life. Caregivers can be prepared for these surprises by incorporating respite care into their regular schedule. When a need arises, they will not be scrambling to look for care for their loved one. Having a back up plan in place will reduce everyone’s anxiety when an unexpected situation arises.
Respite Care Benefits the Person Receiving the Care
It’s important to remember that respite services benefit the loved one in care as well as the caregiver. In respite care, loved ones can interact with others having similar experiences in a safe, supportive environment. They can participate in activities designed to match their personal abilities and needs. They will also become comfortable with receiving care from someone other than their primary caregiver, a benefit should they need to stay for an extended amount of time while their caregiver travels or takes care of unexpected situations.
Every caregiving situation is unique but it is always important that caregivers have breaks to take care of their own needs. If you have questions about respite care, give us a call or schedule a tour of our facility today.
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