Considering respite care?
Caring for a family member is often a full-time job. It is common for family caregivers to work round the clock and neglect their own personal needs.
As a result, a caregiver’s own health suffers – exhaustion, chronic fatigue and depression are frequent symptoms. To make things worse, some feel uncomfortable or guilty when they consider delegating portions of the loved one’s care to someone else. The truth is that they may need help from others for parts of or the entirety of their caregiving journey in order to remain healthy, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
When you are overwhelmed
One minute, you feel as if you have everything under control. The next, you can’t figure out what you need to do next for your loved one’s best interests. Caregiving is overwhelming from the very beginning. That gets better with more experience, but you still benefit from extra help at every stage.
When you are neglecting your own health
Too many family caregivers neglect their own health in favor of paying more attention to their loved one’s health. The problem is that you can’t be a good caregiver if you are exhausted, sick, and in poor health yourself. You should have some extra help to get yourself back on track.
When your loved one’s needs have grown
Your loved one’s needs can change with little notice. This can happen because of existing health conditions or new ones. You might want extra help in order to learn how to help your loved one, or you might have reached a point beyond which you can’t help as much as you would like.
When you need respite assistance
You can’t be a caregiver all day and all night, without end. Family caregivers need to take time away for their own mental, emotional, and physical health. Having respite assistance, whether that is from family members or from elder care or other professional providers, makes a tremendous difference for both your loved one and you.
When you are a family caregiver
The bottom line to all of this is that if you are a family caregiver, you are going to need help. You might feel that you can do it all alone, but that’s not realistic. Having a list of different resources whom you can count on when you need an assisting hand is one of the best tools available for a family caregiver.
If you are ever in doubt, go ahead and seek out extra help. You will be glad that you did it.
To learn more about respite care and how Assisting Hands could help you, please call our specialists or request a visit by one of our nurses.