(NC) Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but intense or long-term care can often have negative effects on a caregiver’s health and well-being. If you’re feeling stressed and overburdened as a member of the sandwich generation — those who care for both aging parents and young children — it’s important to know that there are plenty of options that can help.
Respite care is a type of assistance that allows the family caregiver to take a break from caregiving. This type of care focuses on helping family caregivers recharge, ease their stress and avoid burnout. Respite care provides assistance and support to the family caregiver. Keeping them healthy and supported results in higher quality time spent together.
Respite care can be provided at home or in a long-term care facility. Care can be provided by friends, family members, volunteers or a home health care service provider. Some examples of respite care services include personal care, companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping and more.
Respite care also has benefits for the person receiving care by developing and nurturing their social, recreational and life skills; improving long-term functioning; and preventing crisis situations and elder abuse.
If you’re a caregiver for a loved one, find some time to focus on you as you prepare your family’s fall schedule. Family caregivers often struggle with balancing their supportive role with their own family’s needs and paid employment. This often leads to a situation of feeling overwhelmed and a risk of depression, anxiety, chronic stress, lack of sleep and personal financial problems. You deserve an extra hand or some time to take care of yourself, so don’t be afraid to seek support if you need it.
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