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December 2, 2015

Respite Care For Family Caregivers

Respite care for family caregivers can provide the relief needed to continue caring for ill family members

Caring for loved ones who are sick can feel overwhelming at times, which is why respite care for family caregivers is so important. Studies have shown that immediate family members who act as primary caregivers for sick loved ones are prone to having higher anxiety levels and are more likely to experience depression. Seeing a loved one in such a state can be emotionally difficult, and dedicating large amounts of personal time can conflict with other priorities in a person's life. More often than not, these effects of caregiving eventually catch up with the family member and their levels of care diminish. The caregiver might feel like they have to cut corners to make time for everything else going on, but in reality, the sick loved one is the one who can feel the effects of non-comprehensive care.

Respite care for family caregivers gives primary caregivers a chance to get into a new and stress-free environment for a period of time. Being relieved of all duties for a certain amount of time every day or every week will give family caregivers a break from their typical daily lives and allow them to return to caring for their loved one feeling refreshed. Respite care for families can be integrated into Comfort Keepers'® individualized care plans in many different ways. Caregivers can come to the home to care for the sick loved one while family members take time to handle their other commitments. Or, Comfort Keepers caregivers can visit the senior in a respite care assisted living home or hospital while the family is away for a weekend. The senior won't have to be alone and can still have someone caring for him or her in the family's absence.

Respite care doesn't only benefit family caregivers; it can also benefit the senior loved ones. Just because they are ill doesn't mean they don't see the effects caring for them has on the caregivers. Seniors could feel like a burden to loved ones at times, so implementing respite care would also provide relief to seniors. To learn more about respite care for family caregivers, contact Comfort Keepers today.

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