Respite & Relief Care Services
What does Respite Care mean?
You’re sure to have days where caregiving will test your patience, emotions and limits. If you have children, your job is to take care of them. The same applies to aging relatives or parents. People who find themselves between two generations learn they hold two roles, caring for their aging loved one and caring for their children. Each role is vastly different, but both are time-consuming and of equal importance.
Respite for Family Caregivers
While caring for your aging parent is a labor of love, it is still labor. As more and more time is spent providing care for an elderly parent, you might find that you’re neglecting your favorite hobbies, avoiding vacations, limiting time spent with friends, distracted from your work and becoming more agitated with your partner and children. Over time, balancing care for a loved one with work as well as raising children and maintaining a household only increases the risk for chronic illness and depression, which contributes to a decline in your overall quality of life.
Despite the risks, you, like many caregivers neglect to maintain healthy habits. You might start trying to function on less sleep, eating poorly, missing workouts, even when you’re sick you keep going, and delay your own medical needs and appointments. It’s more likely that you’ll suffer from a chronic condition if you begin to neglect your health. Chronic conditions include high blood pressure or high cholesterol and being overweight. Caregiving is also hard on your mental health, it is estimated that about half of all caregivers suffer from clinical depression.
Caring for Yourself is Important, Too
We help with caregiving and household tasks to give family members a much-needed break. When others need you, it’s often difficult to consider your own needs. You may experience feeling of guilt or that you’re neglecting your loved one, but the opposite is true. By taking advantage of respite care services, you’re giving yourself the time to recharge both physically and emotionally, which helps prevent caregiver burnout.
Remember, using respite care services does not mean you’re abandoning your aging parent or passing off responsibilities to someone else. You’re only trying to achieve the proper balance between family and your peace of mind. When you give so much of your time and energy to care for a loved one, it is important to care for yourself, too.