Caring for a loved one day in and day out, without a break, can take its toll. In fact, caregivers often develop health problems themselves as a direct result of their caregiving responsibilities. To continue to provide the best care possible, caregivers need to put themselves first and take care of their own mental and physical health, as well as their own emotional and social needs. Taking time out through respite care helps family caregivers recharge their batteries and reduce their stress levels so they can continue the work of caring for their loved one without jeopardizing their own wellbeing. Respite care is helpful and healthy for all involved.
When the telltale signs of caregiver burnout pop up—such as depression and hopelessness, trouble sleeping, lack of energy and other personality changes—it’s time to take a step back from the daily responsibility of caring for somebody else, and enjoy some personal time to restore energy. Enlist the help of a friend, a family member or a neighbor, or consider help from a professional caregiver, such as At Home Solutions provides. A professional caregiver can provide emergency respite care, relief for a few days, or better yet, can assist on a weekly or monthly basis, allowing time for personal needs without sacrificing the needs of the care recipient.
Respite care can take place in:
- An adult day center
- The home of the person being cared for
- A residential setting such as an assisted living facility or nursing home
- A vacation setting
Although caring for a family member or friend can be a huge responsibility, there is no need to feel alone or helpless. Taking time away from care duties, reaching out for help and keeping a positive attitude can help the caregiver and the care recipient enjoy a better quality of life.
The following organizations provide information to caregivers on a variety of topics including respite:
- The Alzheimer’s Association
- The Family Caregiver Alliance
- The National Alliance for Caregiving
- National Adult Day Services Association
Find out about respite care options through home care services available from At Home Solutions by calling us today at 888-496-3983 or fill out our online inquiry form. At Home Solution serves the Phoenix area with quality home health care solutions through two offices: Our Mesa office serves Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, North Chandler, Apache Junction, and Gold Canyon. Our Case Grande office serves Pinal County in south-central Arizona.