Dec 7, 2018 by Katie Fielmann
The AARP estimated that nearly 40 million Americans provided family caregiver assistance half a decade ago. Those numbers continue to grow as the senior population is set to double by 2060 when seniors will comprise nearly a quarter of the US population. With the growing need for senior care, more and more family members are going to be needed to provide assistance to senior loved ones.
For some, care is needed occasionally to help with tasks around the house. Others will require much more and much more intensive assistance, especially seniors with chronic or progressive health problems, severe injuries, or terminal illnesses. For many members, providing care can turn into a full-time job. While this care is done out of love, it does come with a cost. Many care providers are on call 24 hours a day, get little social time to themselves, and may even have little time sleep or eat.
Studies show that most family caregivers end up with a significant loss in both physical and emotional well-being. Caregivers were much more likely to suffer from illness, chronic fatigue, and depression. Most family caregivers are not prepared for the level of care they are thrust into, nor do they realize just how much caregiving will separate them from other areas of their life. Without support, family members tend to end up with caregiver fatigue and the feelings of resentment, guilt, doubt, depression that go with it.
Respites, or short breaks in care, have been shown to help alleviate caregiver fatigue and keep caregivers from being overwhelmed by the demands of caring for their loved one. Comfort Keepers’ respite care provides support and assistance for seniors in the comfort of their own home while the family caregiver is away. With professional respite care that is custom-tailored to a senior's specific needs, family members can focus on rest, being refreshed, and taking care of their own physical and emotional well-being.
For more information on respite care or the number of ways that Comfort Keepers’ care services can help you plan for care, recognize your own care fatigue, or offer tips and strategies to take care of your own well-being contact a care coordinator today.
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