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Respite Care – Giving Family Caregivers the Break They Deserve

Posted by Anne Hein on February 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Respite_care_-_giving_caregivers_a_break.jpgIt’s estimated 40 million Americans care for an adult friend or relative every year, providing 37 billion hours of unpaid care. While caring for a loved one can be a meaningful and rewarding experience, it also can be an emotionally and physically demanding job.

Family caregivers often feel overstretched, especially when trying to balance their caregiving duties with a career, children and their personal lives. In fact, according to AARP, nearly 9 in 10 family caregivers said caring for a loved one was harder than they anticipated and more than half felt overwhelmed by the amount of care their loved one needs.

Let’s face it — everyone needs a break sometimes. That’s where respite care comes in. Respite care provides, you, the family caregiver, time away from your caregiving responsibilities to rest and recharge. It’s a way to give yourself a much-needed break while still meeting the needs of your loved one.

There are several different types of respite care available, including adult day care centers, residential facilities and in-home care. At ComForCare/At Your Side, we provide in-home care services. A professional caregiver comes to your loved one’s home, where they are most comfortable, and takes care of them like you would. Our caregivers are available for a few hours a day up to 24/7, including holidays. We can assist with a wide variety of daily activities, including:

  • Bathing and getting dressed
  • Grocery shopping and meal preparation
  • Transportation to doctor’s appointments and errands
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Medication reminders

Most importantly, our caregivers provide companionship. We take into account a person’s hobbies, skills and interests, and incorporate meaningful activities into their daily routines. We also have innovative programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Remember, you cannot effectively take care of someone else if you do not take care of yourself first. Respite care provides family caregivers the opportunity to spend time with other friends or family members, run errands, get to the doctor or the gym, take a vacation, get a haircut or simply relax. If you’re ready to take the break you deserve, call us today for a free in-home consultation.

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Topics: Caregiving

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