When a family member needs help with daily tasks, other members are often able to step in and help out. Ideally the duties are divided among a few family members, but one person is usually the primary caregiver. It can be difficult to juggle caregiving duties with family responsibilities and work commitments. Even without other duties, caregiving takes a mental and physical toll on people. That’s why Assisting Hands provides quality respite care to help families in Bal Harbour, FL manage their caregiving duties.
The number of Americans providing care to family members is surprising. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, over 43 million people provided care to loved ones in 2015. Over 15 million cared for a family member with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia and 75% of caregivers are female. Most them (82%) care for only one adult, while 15% care for two family members. This care is extremely valuable; the Alliance estimated its worth at $470 billion in 2013, nearly matching the sales for the world’s largest company, Walmart ($477 billion).
Family members have provided care for senior members for centuries, but in previous generations families lived closer together so there were more people around to share caregiving duties. Today, families are spread across the country and around the world, leaving caregiving obligations to only a few individuals who have their own families, jobs, and responsibilities.
Respite Care Services
Juggling schedules is difficult and stressful; sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. Nearly 25% of family caregivers experience some sort of health condition that’s related to the stress or physical responsibilities of caregiving. Respite care from Assisting Hands allows caregivers in Bal Harbour, FL extra time to take care of personal errands, make appointments and doctors’ visits of their own, or take vacations and business trips. Our Care Coordinators will work with you to create a care plan to ensure there are no lapses in care during transitions. We can provide short-term breaks for a few hours or longer-term breaks for a few days, depending on your needs and schedule.
Using a respite care service helps keep family caregivers from falling victim to exhaustion and burnout. There’s nothing wrong with taking a break now and then and stepping away for even a few hours has several benefits:
- It reduces the risks of stress and depression for the caregiver, which can have adverse physical effects.
- It gives the caregiver time to take care of personal business and work commitments.
- Time away gives the caregiver a chance to rest, recharge, and renew so they can come back feeling calm, peaceful, and able to deal with the challenges of caregiving again.
If you provide home care for a loved one and need respite care to help manage your schedule and stress, call Assisting Hands at (305) 425-1835 for more information about our services or to schedule a consultation. We help family caregivers in Bal Harbour, FL keep everything going, because we know everyone needs a little help sometimes.