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December 2, 2015

Comfort Keepers® In-Home Care Offers Valuable Respite Care

Comfort Keepers 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 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.

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