Dec 7, 2018 by David Yeomans
As the population of the US senior population continues to grow so does the need for quality senior care. Much of this care currently takes place at home and is provided by family caregivers, many of whom are seniors themselves. While this care is provided out of love and compassion it also comes with its challenges and hardships.
Statistically, being a family caregiver is a demanding job that takes a toll on the caregiver's health and well-being. Family care providers are much more likely to suffer from physical and mental illnesses including clinical depression. Things typically start with a condition known as caregiver fatigue in which the family member experiences feelings of resentment, guilt, doubt, and depression. Research suggests that caregiver fatigue is caused by being overwhelmed by the demands of caregiving while being unable to pursue their own social goals and friendships.
Not only does caregiver fatigue impact the physical, emotional, and social well-being of family caregivers, but it leads to a lower level of care for the senior.
Surprisingly, the cure for caregiver fatigue is quite simple. Studies show that when family caregivers take regular breaks from care, called respite breaks, in order to refresh their body and mind, they can avoid burnout and fatigue. Of course, in order to take these breaks from care, somebody needs to provide care and support for their loved one. This is where Comfort Keepers’ respite care comes in.
Comfort Keepers provides professional, award-winning respite care that is custom-tailored to meet a senior's unique care needs. This care is provided in the comfort and convenience of the senior's own home and is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
By helping family members take the time off they need to take care of themselves, family members can better help the seniors they have lovingly decided to care for.
For more information about respite care or the many ways in which Comfort Keepers can help you plan for care, recognize your own care fatigue, or offer tips and strategies to take care of your own physical and mental well-being, contact a care coordinator today.
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