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How family caregivers can benefit from respite care

Being a caregiver for a family member or a friend can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be an all-consuming responsibility. An intense or long term care often have a negative impact on the family caregiver’s well-being and health. This often leads to a situation where the caregiver feels confused and overwhelmed combined with the effects of anticipatory grief, and may put the family caregiver at risk of:

  • Negative career consequence
  • Elderly/senior abuse
  • Financial problems
  • Psychological effects such as anxiety, depression and anger
  • Health related issues resulting from lack of sleep, chronic stress or physical exercise

Just like the loved ones they care for, family caregivers also need attention and support to maintain their own well-being and health. Respite care, which provides family caregivers with the opportunity for a temporary rest from their caregiving duties, is designed to do just that. Respite care benefits the family caregivers in the following ways:

Relaxation and Renewal

Respite care offers family caregivers the important opportunity to step away and rest. With the free hours provided by respite care, caregivers can find time to do whatever brings them joy. That could mean going to the movies or simply catching up on sleep.

It Creates Time for Socialization

Often, caregiving can be draining and time-consuming, preventing caregivers from getting the chance to spend quality time with their friends and family. While you might not be able to make it to every social event, you do need to enjoy an occasional lunch date or weekend out with your friends and family members. The peace of mind and time respite care offer makes it easier for caregivers to reconnect with their social circles.

It Boosts Emotional Health

Your loved one benefits when you show up for the day with a cheerful attitude. Over time, the stress of caregiving could have a negative impact your emotional health. Taking care of your emotional health allows you to de-stress and look forward to spending quality time with your loved one.

You Deserve a Break

Unless you are superman or a wonder woman, it is important to always remember that you can’t do it all. Be realistic — for the sake of yourself and your loved one. Seeking help is the right thing to do. Respite care can provide you with a feeling of refreshment and revitalization that keep you stable, mentally and physically, and enable you to be a better parent, spouse, caregiver and person.
If you are a family caregiver, find some time to focus on yourself. You deserve some time to take care of yourself and balance your life. Respite care is an essential tool to support a caregiver’s success.