Not all seniors require home care services on a full-time basis. Many individuals, for example, will take care of their elderly parents on their own. But providing such care can be a tough task when you have your own responsibilities like work and children. Being an informal caregiver is also a mentally and physically taxing duty. At Assisting Hands in Sunny Isles Beach, FL, we provide respite care services to relieve family caregivers.
Facts About Family Caregivers
Due to monetary reasons, providing informal home care services for an elderly loved one might appear as though it’s the best choice. There are also some seniors who would rather receive care from a family member because they dislike the idea of getting assistance from an outside caregiver. However, there are statistics that should be of concern when it comes to providing informal care:
- There are more than 65 million individuals who provide their loved ones with informal care in the United States.
- There are roughly 1 out of 4 do-it-yourself caregivers who say they have poor or fair health conditions, and this is mostly due to having more responsibilities and stress.
- About 2 out of 3 informal caregivers of the 65 million-plus people are women.
These numbers show just how many people provide care for elderly loved ones themselves. However, these figures also prove it can be difficult to provide such care on your own. We understand the natural desire to care for one’s own relatives, but the consequences suggest it may not be the best option.
As mentioned above, informal caregivers’ poor to fair health conditions are typically due to additional physical responsibilities and stress. First, there’s stress from wanting your loved ones to have the best. Eventually, the stress will come from spending so much time caring for your loved one. Add this to the responsibilities you already have, and you’ll be lacking sleep, feeling fatigued, and needing a break.
Our Respite Care Services
There are 1 out of 4 people who provide informal care services that need a break, but that doesn’t mean the other 3 people couldn’t also use a break. Respite care allows them to have time to relax or do fun activities with family and friends. Whether the break is needed or wanted, Assisting Hands in Sunny Isles Beach, FL can provide respite care for the interim.
The following benefits come from using part-time home caregiving services:
- Depression and stress are less likely.
- Time can be spent away from caregiving.
- Responsibility is reduced, energy increases, and peace of mind is restored.
If you do not want to use our services for respite care, please acknowledge the increased popularity of caregiver support groups. Relating your issues with other people can be of help, so we recommend that you contact a local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association or AARP for more information.
Call Assisting Hands in Sunny Isles Beach, FL at (305) 425-1835 for more about our respite care services.