Being a caregiver for a loved one is a tough responsibility to have because of the physical and emotional stress it can cause. Many family caregivers already have their own life to take care of, including a career and children. However, you want to help care for your loved one because it can be difficult to see them go through such difficulties.
Taking on caregiving duties, though, is basically like having another job. Instead of using your free time to do leisurely activities and relax, you are spending time caring for a relative. Because of this, many caregivers experience a lack of sleep and stress that can lead to physical health issues and even depression.
To help informal caregivers and provide them with a necessary break, Assisting Hands Home Care offers respite care services in Des Plaines, IL, and the neighboring areas.
Although noble, being an informal caregiver is a difficult job. The caregiver uses their free time to provide this assistance instead of using this time for themselves. The lack of relaxation along with seeing a loved one struggle can quickly lead to an overwhelming, stressful life.
In the U.S., there are tens of millions of people who act as informal caregivers for a family member. Women account for 2/3 of the informal caregivers, and 1/4 of all these informal caregivers have reported that they have poor or fair health conditions.
This can be explained by the following:
- Stress: Having what is basically a second job is tough, but it’s even more difficult considering the personal and emotional connection.
- Lack of Sleep and Restlessness: When you’re stressed, you often have a restless mind and are in need of sleep. Because of this, you’re more likely to burn out.
Professional Respite Care
With our respite care services from Assisting Hands Home Care, we can provide informal caregivers with essential time off. We know the stress that caregiving can bring, so our caregivers will help to make sure your loved ones continue to get the compassionate, quality care they need while the family caregiver take a break.
Regardless of your loved one’s care needs, we are able to help. Our caregivers are licensed and experienced and can meet various care needs.
When utilizing our respite care services, informal caregivers benefit in the following ways:
- Breaks from caregiving that can last for multiple days or between 4 to 8 hours
- Increased energy levels
- Greater peace of mind
- Decreased risk for depression
We also know that having a support group can make things easier for people, which is why we can connect informal caregivers with others in their area.
Call (847) 448-0844 for more information regarding the respite care services that Assisting Hands Home Care provides to Des Plaines, IL, and the surrounding areas.