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Respite Care: A Refreshing Approach

Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or exhausted? Take a break!

If you are among the 43.5 million people who provided unpaid caregiving services in the last year, chances are, you could use a break. For many, it can be difficult to admit that temporary help is needed.   But the need for some downtime is apparent. The National Alliance for Caregiving reports that informal caregivers spend 24.4 hours a week providing care to a family member.  With so much time invested in emotionally and physically demanding activities, it is clear why many of these caregivers suffer from burnout and the effects from stress.

A well-planned break through respite care can give you time to recharge while providing a boost in care.

What is Respite Care?

Respite care is temporary help that gives the primary caregiver time to focus on other areas of his or her life.  These breaks relieve stress and restore energy to the primary caregiver, critical elements to the caregiver’s long-term ability to provide care.

When Should I Seek Respite Care, and For How Long?

Seek support early. Once it is clear that you will be providing ongoing care, identify resources to get some time away, on a regular schedule. Doing this avoids common challenges faced by primary caregivers: burnout, exhaustion, physical injuries and illness, and depression.

The length of a respite care is entirely dependent on your needs. Some seek extended respite for a scheduled vacation.  Others simply need a helping hand to regularly meet friends for lunch.  The key is to effectively take as much, or as little time, as you need to maintain your wellbeing.

Who Provides Respite Care?

Many families turn to a professional caregiving service, like Senior Home Companions, for respite care.  This allows the care recipient to remain in his or her home, while providing peace of mind knowing that professional caregivers from SHC have the knowledge and training to assist with the most complex care needs.

Getting Started with Respite Care

Whether you are looking for time away to go to the movies, or a week away to go on vacation, accessing respite care is a simple process. It begins with a call to Senior Home Companions. Our staff will complete an initial assessment to identify the key needs for support, so we can help the adult in your life while you take time away.

It is helpful to remember that respite care can often be needed at unexpected times.  Caregivers should begin accounting for respite care providers even when a break is not immediately needed.  This allows for a smooth transition of care when the most unforeseen circumstances inevitably strike.

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