Caregiving for a loved one is a true act of love. But people are not machines – they can’t provide around-the-clock care for months and years without breaking down, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally.
Respite care exists to relieve caregivers from their responsibilities temporarily, providing them “respite” as the name indicates.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care is the provision for primary caregivers (often family members or close friends) to have short-term relief from their caregiving responsibilities.
There are various types of respite care, including:
- In home respite
- Out of home services
- Specialized facility
- Therapeutic adult day care
Family First Companion Care focuses on in home respite care.
Why do caregivers need Respite Care?
Caregivers often suffer in silence. While they may find it a great joy to take care of their loved ones in need, caregiving comes at a great price. Caregivers ignore their own health and emotional needs. Overtime, without some sort of respite care, the physical and mental consequences can be overwhelming.
Here are some daunting statistics related to caregiving:
- More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a disabled, aged, or chronically ill family member or friend.
- Caregiving family members spend an average of 20 hours per week, while 13% of family caregivers spend 40 hours per week or more.
- 23% of family caregivers who have been caring for loved ones for 5 years or more report their own health is fair or poor.
- 55% of caregivers skip doctor appointments for themselves.
- Family caregivers have weakened immune system and shown to age prematurely. The level of stress they experience can take as much as 10 years off their lives.
- 40% to 70% of family caregivers have symptoms of clinical depression. About a quarter to half of these meet the criteria for major depression.
There are financial consequences as well. Family caregivers don’t get paid. They might have a hard time focusing on their jobs or need to pass up opportunities for promotion to stay close to their care receivers. Tending to their own deteriorating health after years of caregiving would undoubtedly be costly.
Needless to say, it’s about time caregivers need some caring… for themselves.
How can Family First Companion Care help?
If you have been caring for your loved one and could use some break to recharge your mind and body, we can help with in home respite care. This way, your loved one can still remain in a familiar surrounding while we learn the routine needed to make her comfortable.
We can assist with the following:
- Light housekeeping (cleaning, vacuuming, laundry)
- Meal preparation and cleanup
- Organizing mail and bills
- Driving to doctor’s appointments
- Personal hygiene needs such as bathing, dressing, and toileting
- Monitoring of medications
- Entertainment (cards, board games, reading, conversations)
Maybe you just need help an hour or two a day, or you need someone to be around 24 hours while you go take a break. Whatever the case, Family First Companion Care focuses on your needs.