Whether dealing with cancer, dementia, diabetes, or any of the myriad of issues that may face us as we age, providing personal care is always a stressful and an intensely emotional journey. It takes a toll on everyone in the family, not just the caregiver.We know that caring for an aging family member is one of the toughest jobs in the world. Short term respite care can be just what you need.
Short term respite care has proven to reduce the stress and worry that is often placed on family caregivers. Family caregivers are not only doing a balancing act, juggling career, kids, and their own health and well-being, but they are providing personal care and making daily decisions that determine the quality of life for their loved one. Short term respite care gives you a chance to refresh and re-energize, allowing you to continue providing quality care for your loved ones while reducing the risk of burnout.
If you are raising your children AND helping your aging parents, you’re like 1 in every 8 Americans aged 40-60, the sandwich generation, who are being pulled in a dozen different directions at once. However, senior respite care is an underutilized option that can help reduce the burden.
Everyone needs a break now and then, but especially family caregivers who have taken on the demanding and stressful role of caring for a loved one day in and day out. Having a caregiver step in helps minimize the physical strain of bathing, dressing, and housekeeping, and the emotional strain of monitoring and medication reminders.