Caring for a loved one is one of the most profound and rewarding responsibilities — but it can also be physically and emotionally taxing. You have to manage your own work, family and social obligations, while also providing around-the-clock care for your loved one. This juggling act can lead to fatigue, burnout, and in some cases, illness.
Respite care for family caregivers is a temporary care arrangement that allows you to take some time for yourself. It can be provided at home, in a care facility, or even on vacation. Respite care can be arranged for a day or a few weeks. It is especially common and sought out in the summer when many families plan vacations and other special events.
Beyond the convenience factor, respite care offers numerous advantages for both you as a caregiver and your loved one. Here are some of the top benefits:
1. Enjoy a Worry-free Vacation
Respite care for family caregivers can provide peace of mind. Knowing that your loved one is being well-cared for while you are traveling or decompressing during the summer months allows you to fully relax and enjoy your break. Then come back to your caregiving duties refreshed and rejuvenated, so that you can provide your loved one with the best possible care.
2. Support Mental Health
To take care of others, you need to take care of yourself. According to the Archangel National Caregiver Survey, 57% of family caregivers report high levels of stress, anxiety and/or depression. Respite care can significantly reduce stress and burnout and improve overall mental health. When you have a break from caregiving, you actually have a chance to relax, recharge and focus on your own needs. This break can help prevent becoming overwhelmed and exhausted.
3. Improve Quality of Care
Beyond the benefits for you, respite care can enhance the quality of life for your loved one. When you are able to take a break, you are more likely to be patient, understanding and better able to provide quality care, thereby improving the quality of care you are providing.
4. Strengthen Relationships
Respite care can help strengthen your relationship with your loved one requiring care. Taking some time for yourself can help you de-stress and come back to caregiving feeling more patient and understanding, improving your bond with your loved one.
5. Take Care of Your Own Health
From catching up on lost sleep, to focusing on eating healthier and exercising regularly, respite care affords you more time to take care of your own health — and when you are taking care of their own health, you are better able to care for your loved one.
6. Find Opportunities for Socialization
Respite care can provide opportunities for socialization for both you and your loved one. While your loved one enjoys special activities and interactions with peers, you can spend time with friends and family, which can prevent loneliness and isolation.
7. Buy More Time to Assess Care Options
While your loved one is in respite care, you have the time and focus to explore other options for care. For example, if you are considering placing your loved one in a facility, respite care can give you a chance to try out the facility before moving to full-time assisted living. This test-run can help you make the best decision for your loved one’s care.
At CareOne, we offer respite care for family caregivers across the Northeast and pride ourselves on providing compassionate care in a safe and comfortable environment. This summer, we’re offering a special discount of $350 per day on our respite care services at our CareOne at Hanover location.