Taking a Break with Respite Care in Fallbrook, CA
Find out how family caregivers can take a chance to rest and recuperate with respite care.
Long-term care of a senior loved one can be challenging and stressful in and of itself. When the additional challenges of progressive illness, dementia, or cancer are added, the physical, mental, and emotional toll on the caregiver can be great.
Research shows that caregivers rarely retreat in the face of these challenges. Instead, they press on despite the lack of proper training, support, or assistance. The result is often less than ideal for both the caregiver and the senior. Caregivers get burned out and often suffer from chronic medical and psychological problems as a result of fatigue, social isolation, and chronic stress. As a result of caregiver burnout, the level of support the senior receives deteriorates and can even become risky if the caregiver becomes too fatigued or depressed.
What is Respite Care?
Thankfully, caregiver burnout can be avoided or reversed. The key is obtaining a healthy care-life balance. Many family caregivers would chuckle or even burst out laughing at this thought. After all, they did not choose to let their life slip out of control in the first place. How are they supposed to find this balance while still ensuring their loved one receives all of the care, support, and supervision that they need?
The answer is respite care. Respite care provides short-term care and supervision for seniors with the express purpose of providing family caregivers the opportunity to take a break and recharge their reserves. Respite breaks are short, generally anywhere from a few hours up to a week, but utilized on a regular basis they have been proven to reduce stress, decrease instances of chronic illness in caregivers, and even improve cognitive functioning and emotional well-being.
In addition to the many benefits caregivers receive from respite care, seniors also benefit tremendously. After all, when family caregivers are refreshed and possess a clear mind, positive attitude, and physical strength, they are able to provide vastly superior care and supervision. And, as care becomes more complex and intensive, these traits become exponentially more essential.
For information about the many ways Comfort Keepers in-home respite care services can maximize the quality of life for you and your senior loved one, contact a senior care coordinator today.
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