Over 65 million Americans, that’s 29% of the U.S. population, are caregivers for an elderly family member or loved-one during the course of any given year. Most, on average, spend about 20 hours a week providing that care. And that’s on top of taking care of their own families, working a part-time or full-time job and juggling sometimes dozens of other responsibilities.
Evidence shows that most family caregivers are ill prepared for their role and while providing intense care to a loved one, they are themselves suffering from poor health.
The bottom line is that stress takes a toll on the family caregiver. According to Family Caregiver Alliance, when you're caring for an aging loved one on a regular basis, you may be suffering from:
Lack of sleep
Poor nutrition and eating habits
Lack of self-care when ill
Failing to see a doctor regularly
You may also be at greater risk for depression, excessive alcohol use along with tobacco and other drugs.
It’s no wonder that family caregivers, perhaps more than anyone else, need to schedule time to relax and take breaks from the task of caring for an elderly loved one. The good news is, there’s help available to make scheduling that time much easier.
Short-term care or “respite” care stays
Respite care stays are short-term stays for an elderly loved one in a senior community or assisted living community designed to give caregivers a much needed vacation from the stress of caring for an elderly loved one.
Depending on the kind of care your loved one needs; including memory care, assistance with dressing or eating, nursing care, medication or help with overall mobility, there is a community designed specifically with their needs in mind.
How to find the right community for a loved one
There are many resources to help you find a respite community that will fit both your needs and those of your elderly loved one.
Many community agencies, home health care companies and assisted living communities now offer respite care as a way for caregivers to recharge and rejuvenate. Some offer overnight stays as well as daytime care. Although there is usually a fee for these services, there are agencies that offer scholarship programs without cost to caregivers.
To find the best respite care solution in your area, go to Seniorly.com for a complete list of communities near you that offer respite care. You can even sort through available options by location, services needed, and price. Seniorly makes finding the right solution for you and your loved one as easy as possible.
To find out about possible scholarships available in your area, contact your local Council on Aging or Social Services Department.
For more information on respite care and what to consider, check out this article on the Seniorly website.
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