Not everybody is in need of full time home care services. In fact, many children, for example, take care of their elderly parents themselves. However, this can be hard to do when you have work responsibilities, children of your own, or deal with similar circumstances. It can also be significantly taxing both physically and mentally over time. This is why we offer respite care here at Assisting Hands Serving Miami Beach, FL.
Facts about Do-It-Yourself Caregiving
Providing home care services for an elderly loved one may seem like the best option after considering financial factors or the wishes of the senior involved (many do not like the idea that they need a caregiver’s help). However, there are a few startling statistics about those providing care themselves:
- 65 million+ people provide informal care to loved ones in the United States
- Nearly 1 out of 4 do-it-yourself caregivers report poor or fair health conditions (largely due to added stress and physical responsibilities)
- Roughly 2 out of 3 of the 65 million+ individuals are women
These figures simply show that you are not alone when you want to provide the care yourself, but it can be extraordinarily taxing. It also impedes your own daily activities. It is natural to want to be there for a loved one, but the consequences warrant a different approach.
As we stated above, the poor to fair health conditions of informal caregivers largely come from stress and added physical responsibilities. This stress naturally originates from the fact that we as people want what is best for our loved ones, and individuals worry that they are not providing adequate care. Regarding physical demands, being a caregiver is like having a young child all over again. This is in addition to any children you already have, as well as your career and personal life in general. All of this together can result in fatigue, lack of sleep, and a hectic mind.
Our Respite Care Services
While 1 out of 4 informal caregivers clearly do need a break, the other 3 out of 4 still face times when they could be doing something enjoyable with their own family, or simply need time away for work. Whatever your circumstances, Assisting Hands Serving Miami Beach, FL, can provide respite care in the interim.
The benefits of utilizing part-time home caregiving services include:
- Reduced risks of stress and depression
- The ability to spend time away from being a caregiver
- Greater peace of mind, reduced responsibility, and increased energy
Even if you do not wish to utilize our respite care, please note that caregiver support groups are a growing trend. We all like to relate our struggles to others, which is why we recommend contacting AARP or your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for more information.
If you would like to make use of our respite care services, our representatives are available by phone at (305) 425-1835. Whether you need a 4 to 8 hour break, or a several day reprieve, Assisting Hands Serving Miami Beach, FL, is happy to help.