Caregiving for an elderly, disabled, or sick family member can be physically and emotionally exhausting. It’s important to find time for yourself, so you don’t become overwhelmed or burned out. This is where Respite Care can help.
A respite care provider can help you maintain or rekindle your hobbies and interests, visit friends, go out to dinner, play a sport, or spend time doing a favorite hobby. You can also take a longer break, such as going on vacation or staying in a respite care facility or long-term care residence.
It’s often difficult for caregivers to admit that they need a break, especially when they feel they should be able to “handle it.” But taking a break is vital to your health and well-being, and it can also benefit the person you are caring for.
Caregivers are at risk for burnout, which can be dangerous for both themselves and the person they are caring for. Caregiver stress can lead to depression, headaches, heart problems, and even physical illness. And, if the caregiver becomes very ill, they will not be able to continue their duties.
Caregiver support and services organizations recognize the need for more respite care options. It’s possible for a person to receive respite care through a home care agency, adult day programs, or even a sitter-companion service. Many councils offer respite care for people who meet their criteria, after an assessment of both the carer and the person they are looking after. Respite Care