Providing a loved one with care is an admirable, yet demanding task. Caregiving can quickly cause one to become overworked and overstressed, and oftentimes, family caregivers also have a full-time job and their own family to take care of. However, family caregivers will continue to provide their loved one with care and assistance, because they want to help and don’t want their loved one to struggle.
Being a family caregiver is essentially like having another job. Family caregivers use their free time to provide care instead of relaxing and partaking in fun activities. This can cause such individuals to become stressed, lack sleep, develop physical health problems, and even depression.
Assisting Hands Home Care is available to help informal caregivers through the respite care services that we provide in Inverness, IL, and the surrounding communities. With these services, we give informal caregivers the time off they deserve while we care for their loved ones.
It is difficult to be an informal caregiver, because caregiving is demanding. Instead of using free time to relax, these individuals use their time to care for their loved ones. This can cause one to neglect their own health and well-being, becoming stressed and overwhelmed.
Tens of millions of people in the United States are informal caregivers to a loved one. Of that number, two-thirds are women. One-fourth of all informal caregivers in the U.S. have said they suffer from poor to fair health, and this is due to the following factors:
- Stress: Given the amount of responsibility associated with caregiving, family caregivers can easily become stressed. These stress levels can be heightened given the family caregiver’s personal connection with the individual receiving care.
- Lack of Sleep and Restlessness: Stress makes it easier for people to have a restless mind, which can also make it difficult to sleep. Informal caregivers may also lack sleep because they don’t give themselves time to get a proper night’s rest. That said, this makes it easier for one to become burned out.
Professional Respite Care
The purpose of Assisting Hands Home Care’s respite care services is to provide clients with exceptional care and provide informal caregivers with time off. We want to lessen the stress levels for informal caregivers by giving them a break, and we want to ensure individuals who require care still receive that care in an effective, compassionate manner. It doesn’t matter what your loved one’s specific care needs are; our experienced, licensed caregivers will be sure to cover those needs.
Informal caregivers receive the following benefits with our respite care services:
- Caregiving breaks, which can be as short as 4 to 8 hours or as long as a couple days
- Higher energy levels
- Increased peace of mind
- A lesser chance for depression
For some people, it helps to have a support group. We can connect you or your loved one’s family caregiver with other informal caregivers in their community.
For respite care services in the Inverness, IL, area from Assisting Hands Home Care, call us at (847) 448-0844.