Respite is a necessity for the family caregiver. Caregiving is mentally, emotionally and physically stressful, and this is especially true for individuals who care for a family member. Family caregivers don’t often take the time to care for themselves, which increases the occurrence of illness, depression and anxiety, and diminishes the quality of care he or she is able to give to their loved one. Leading home care provider, Scottsdale Home Care Assistance, explains why respite is important and how you can help a friend or family member who has taken on the role of caregiver.
Why Respite is Important
Respite reduces the risk of caregiver burnout and depression. For family caregivers, respite can give them time to decompress, relax, or take care of things that have been put aside while caring for a loved one. While caregivers selflessly devote all of their time to caring for their loved one, not taking a break can negatively impact the care that is being provided. Overworked and overwhelmed caregivers are at higher risk for making errors with medications, may forget important medical appointments, or may not be able to provide their loved one with the personalized attention needed for maximum safety.
How Family Members Can Help Overwhelmed Caregivers
Family members can help by making it possible for the caregiver to take respite. This can be done by agreeing upon a set amount of time for the caregiver to take a break (whether hours, days, or weeks) while another family member provides hourly care in Scottsdale and takes over the caregiving duties. This is especially beneficial during the holidays when stress and anxiety are at an all-time high, and caregivers may be feeling unappreciated and overworked.
Consider a Professional Caregiver
If other family members are unable to take turns providing care and companionship for the elderly loved one, have a professional hourly or live-in caregiver in Scottsdale provide respite for the family caregiver. Certified caregivers can help with a wide variety of responsibilities from grocery shopping and cooking, to bathing and medication reminders.
Family caregivers need time to care for themselves, especially during the hectic holiday season. Contact an expert Care Manager at Home Care Assistance in Scottsdale, AZ at (480) 448-6215 to learn more about the services available in your area. Your friend or family member will be happy to receive the gift of respite this holiday season and it will show in the level of care they provide your loved one.