Dec 7, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick
There are myriad reasons a senior may need in home care. Much of this needed care is provided by family members, many of whom are seniors themselves. With the dramatic growth of America's senior population (a full quarter of the US population will be seniors by 2060), the need for care will rise as well. The thing that we cannot look past is that while this care is provided with love and compassion, it also comes with a cost.
Family caregivers tend to provide care out of a sense of love and commitment. Most go into care situations without training or any idea just how overwhelming care can be. While seniors who only need occasional housekeeping support do not take much of a toll on their family members, many seniors require vastly more care and assistance, especially those with chronic or progressive conditions. Bathing and dressing; cooking, tracking prescriptions, keeping medical appointments, helping seniors move without falling, housekeeping, doing laundry, and so forth can quickly become a 24-hour a day routine without breaks. The lack of sleep, socialization, and even proper food often leads to a situation known as caregiver burnout.
Caregiver burnout not only significantly increases a caregiver's risk of illness and depression, but it usually starts by creating feelings of resentment, guilt, doubt, and hopelessness. This is not good for the caregiver or the senior.
In order to head off caregiver fatigue, family members can avail themselves of regular respite breaks. A respite is a break from care designed to provide a family member with time to rest, socialize, and look after their own physical, mental, and emotional health. Of course, to take time off their family members need somebody else to take care of their senior loved one. Even more, they need to have confidence that their loved one is being cared for properly, and is safe, for them to have peace of mind and truly rest. This is where Comfort Keepers’ respite care comes in.
Comfort Keepers offers award-winning, professional respite care in the comfort and convenience of a senior's own home. Care is custom-tailored to meet a senior's unique and personal needs and is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. With the support of Comfort Keepers’ respite care, family caregivers can take the time off they need to rest and refresh themselves while feeling good about the quality of care their loved one is receiving.
For more information about respite care or to learn more about the many ways Comfort Keepers can help you plan for care, recognize your own care fatigue, or develop strategies to take care of your own quality of life, contact a senior home care contaminator today.