Providing long-term care for a family member takes an emotional, physical, and economic toll on families. If you are the primary caregiver for an elderly parent or family member, you are more likely to suffer from exhaustion, sickness, stress, and depression. It is important to remember that you and your family’s health and well-being should be a priority, too. Respite care provides caregivers the opportunity for a break from caregiving responsibilities.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care comes in many forms. It could consist of:
- In-home care for a loved one that is handicapped, ill, or in need of around the clock care.
- Temporary institutional care in a care facility or extended stay center.
- Scheduled time spent at an adult day center.
Benefits Respite Care Provides
As a caregiver, you might find it difficult to find enough time in the day to run errands. It’s easy to become isolated as being socially active can become difficult. Taking a vacation with your family may have also become impossible. Respite care can make a change for the better for you and your family by:
- Giving you time to renew and relax doing the things you enjoy that can improve your mood.
- Allowing you time for self-care to re-energize and maintain a healthy balance.
- Affording you the opportunity to step away from being a caregiver for a little while.
- Helping you maintain your sense of self.
- Giving you time to enjoy life without worry because you know your loved is being cared for.
- Providing an extended period away from caregiving to allow you and your family to take a vacation.
- Keeping you socially active instead of being isolated from your friends and other family members.
Learn more about how in-home respite care from A-Z Best Home Care can help you and your family.