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Elder Care Offers Relief to Family Caregivers

Family caregivers love and care for their family member in need, but occasionally need a break from their caregiving commitment for both their own health and their family member's wellbeing.

Published: Feb 25, 2014

Elder Care Offers Relief to Family Caregivers

Family caregivers can find great reward and satisfaction when they provide elder care for a loved one. However, elder care requires vigilance--particularly for seniors with dementia--to assure a senior's safety and well-being.

This kind of effort, without a break and without assistance, can be tiring and harmful to a family caregivers' health.

Family caregivers need time off from the commitment of caregiving, for their own well-being and that of the one they are caring for. Regardless of the love a family elder care provider has for his or her loved one, the constant demands of caregiving can take its toll physically and emotionally.

Professional in-home elder care providers offer relief to family caregivers in the form of respite care. Through respite care, home care providers work out a schedule with family caregivers so that they share the caregiving responsibility.

Respite care allows family caregivers to take a break from caregiving, to get needed rest, from a few hours away to a vacation, or just time off to take care of work and family responsibilities.

When they arrange respite care with a respected in-home care provider, family elder care providers can take a break and leave the house with the peace of mind that their loved ones are in the care of a capable and caring caregiver.

The benefits of respite care are many. Chief among them is that it lowers the risk of illness, both physical and mental, for the family caregiver. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 40 to 70 percent of family caregivers exhibit clinically significant symptoms of depression.

Family caregivers can feel isolated if they have no one they can call on for help and advice. Professional elder caregivers who provide respite care can help eliminate these feelings as they work with family caregivers as a partner and advisor who relieve some of the burden.

And with some of the burden and stress removed, family caregivers are more effective in caring for their loved ones. With less stress and more help, they may feel freer to actually concentrate on building the relationship they have with their loved one and enjoying the time they have together.

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