Comfort Keepers offers Respite Care Services in State College, PA
Respite Care Is Essential For Senior Caregivers in State College, PA, and the Surrounding Areas
Becoming a caregiver for a senior parent or loved one that is facing mental and physical decline or serious health problems can be incredibly difficult for family members. It’s ok to admit that you’re having a hard time and it’s more than ok to take time for yourself. In fact, it’s essential. You can’t take care of your senior loved one without taking care of your own physical and mental health. The more you take care of yourself the better equipped you will be to take care of your loved one. And respite care from Comfort Keepers can give you the peace of mind to take some time off yourself when you need it.
In addition to requiring a lot of time, money, and energy, taking care of a senior loved one can affect your emotional and psychological well-being, as well as your social life. Studies have shown that family caregivers are more prone to developing depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and a myriad of other health issues; not to mention that caregiver stress is an omnipresent issue that can lead to family conflicts, decreased work productivity, and emotional and physical burnout.
Considering that there are an estimated 15 million+ family caregivers in the United States, who spend around 18 billion of unpaid time caring for loved ones, it is obvious that caregiver stress is a growing problem that needs to be adequately addressed.
Respite Care Helps Caregiver Stress
Family caregivers may consider undergoing various types of training that can alleviate the pressures of caregiving, as well as opting for professional guidance and counseling. Another option is to share the burden of caregiving with other family members instead of taking on all the responsibilities of caregiving yourself.
The problem is, however, that these options may not work for all family caregivers. They also do not solve many of the challenges of caring for an aging loved one and they may not reduce stress. In some cases, they can even increase it.
Fortunately, there is one solution that can truly help, allowing you to establish and maintain a healthy balance between caregiving and other areas of your life, including your work, family, hobbies, and more. This solution is respite care.
Respite care, also known as short-term care, is care provided in the absence of the primary or family caregiver. It can be provided when the family caregiver has other obligations to attend to, wants to go on a vacation or just needs some time off for themselves.
Without imposing any limitations on the family caregiver, respite care can be provided for as long as needed. It can be offered on a part-time or full-time basis, with caregivers specializing in conditions such as Alzheimer’s or working with seniors transitioning home from a hospital.
With respite care, not only can your senior loved one’s well-being improve but also yours. This type of care was developed with the aim of supporting family caregivers and helping them manage their various responsibilities while knowing that their loved one is well provided for and has all the assistance they need.
Respite care is not a weakness. Giving yourself the chance to go shopping or go on a date night with your partner to a nice restaurant is absolutely something you need to do to keep your own health strong. If you are caring for a senior loved one with health challenges in State College, PA, contact us online or give us a call at (814) 283-6162 to find out more about our respite care services.