As the population ages, more and more family members are providing care for their parents and other aging adults to help them remain in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. And if not already helping a parent or aging adult, most family members expect to do so someday. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 40.4 million unpaid (family) caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the United States.
For many, the challenges of caring for an elderly, chronically ill, or disabled family member is simply a part of daily life. Caregiving, though, is a demanding job and no one is equipped to do it alone. Taking care of an older or ill family member can be enormously rewarding — but it can be physically and emotionally draining as well.
Family caregivers report having difficulty finding time for themselves, managing emotional and physical stress, and balancing work and family. Therefore, respite care for family caregivers is of the utmost importance.
Family caregivers need to recognize that they deserve a break from their responsibilities from time to time to take care of themselves. Also, taking some time away from their caregiving duties will make them better caregivers in the long run. Whether it’s for a few hours a week to run errands or a few weeks a year to take a much-deserved vacation, respite care provides short-term breaks that can relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in the caregiver’s life.
Are you a family caregiver in desperate need of a break? Contact Assisting Hands today to provide respite care for your loved one. We are licensed, bonded, insured and A+ rated with the Home Care Standards Bureau. Our caregivers are thoroughly vetted, background checked and trained to handle all home care needs. Call Assisting Hands today at (214) 865-7870.