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Comfort Keepers In-Home Care Offers Valuable Respite Care

The stress of being a caregiver can cause real issues for a family member—physically, mentally and emotionally. 

Published: Apr 3, 2014

Comfort Keepers® In-Home Care Offers Valuable Respite Care

Comfort Keepers® in-home caregivers offer a variety of non-medical services to seniors, including respite care. When an elderly loved one decides to receive care within his or her own home, a family member often prefers to act as the primary caregiver. While this situation is usually ideal, situations arise in which caregivers must seek the assistance of a helping hand. 

The stress of being a caregiver can cause real issues for a family member--physically, mentally and emotionally. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, this stress can cause a number of health issues including increased likeliness of depression and anxiety, increased likelihood of chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity, and can pose a greater risk for mental illnesses. 

Caregivers deserve attention, care and comfort just as their senior loved ones do. In-home caregivers, whom we call Comfort Keepers, offer services to assist in these very situations.  Part-time, full-time, or as needed, specially trained caregivers can assume the responsibilities of non-medical care for seniors while their traditional caregivers attend to other responsibilities. With this, caregivers can rest assured that their senior loved ones are well-cared for.  Respite care is not a sign of weakness; rather, it is critical in maintaining the health and wellbeing of both caregiver and senior. 

Often times, caregivers are so focused on the needs of a senior loved one that they may not recognize their own signs and symptoms of excessive stress. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health also offers a number of warning signs which indicate a need for attention or respite care services. These signs include: change in eating habits, overeating or loss of appetite; increased irritability, anxiety or overwhelming feelings; chronic fatigue; feeling sad or depressed; loss of interest in hobbies; and physical pains or illnesses.

When caregivers or other family members recognize these signs of stress, it is important to remember that in-home caregivers like Comfort Keepers exist to help, and are specially trained to take care of situations such as these.

Call your local Comfort Keepers office today for more information about an in-home caregiver.

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