submitted by Care Plus More, www.careplusmore.com
In the 21st century, the demands placed on family and other informal caregivers continue to escalate, and will eventually affect nearly every American family.
It’s everyone’s greatest fear: a parent starts to forget things…he becomes bewildered, confused, and angry…finally, he can’t take care of himself and needs full-time care. Adult children are increasingly faced with their biggest nightmare. Caring for an elderly family member can be very demanding and overwhelming, and it’s important for caregivers to seek occasional respite from their responsibilities.
Moreover, other priorities in life such as a job and children can make providing care for an aging senior very challenging. That’s where respite care comes in. Whether it’s for a few hours a week to run errands or a few weeks a year to take a much-needed vacation, respite care offers the chance reduce stress, restore energy and keep life in balance.
Respite, or flexible care allows caregivers a break from the responsibility of looking after the seniors they regularly care for. Respite care may consist of an occasional few hours of in-home help or overnight care at home. This help is provided by professional caregivers who are trained and certified.
Respite care makes it possible for aging seniors to stay in the comfort of their own home without going to a nursing home or assisted living facility. Service can consist of either companion or personal care and the senior gets to enjoy their home environment while receiving high quality care. Everyone knows home is where the heart is!
If you find yourself caring for an aging loved one, you are not alone!
Consider the following:
- Nearly a quarter (23.9%) of U.S. households are now involved in caring for an elderly family member or relative, spending an average of 20 hours a week in caregiving-related chores.
- More than 60% of all family caregivers say they have suffered from depression. (Source: National Family Caregivers Association/Fortis Long Term Care, 1998)
- Long distance caregivers miss nearly 15 million days of work each year. (Source: National Council on Aging/The Pew Charitable Trusts, 1998).