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Respite Care Critical to Alleviate Caregiver Stress

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What is Respite Care?

An estimated 44 million caregivers in America provide long-term care to family members. Estimates also predict that the amount of people aged 65 and older will increase by a factor of four in the next thirty years.

With institution-based care ranging from $3000 to $7000 a month, depending on insurance coverage and level of care needed, more and more family members and friends will be taking on the full-time caregiver role.

Anybody can tell you that you can’t care for someone 24/7/365 without a break. When someone is relying on you for everything, it can be very easy to get caregiver stress, which can spiral into caregiver depression.

Caregivers have to deal with so many different emotions, often on top of other concerns. It is imperative that caregivers take care of themselves too, if they are to continue to be able to give 100 percent to their loved one’s care.

That’s what respite care for elderly parents or loved ones, and respite care for children with disabilities, provides -- an opportunity for a caregiver to take a break, refresh, recharge, or look after things (e.g., groceries or prescription refills) that simply can’t be done from home.

How does Respite Care for the Elderly Help?

Respite care for elderly parents, family members or friends can take the form of in-home care services or in an adult day center. With in-home care services, the help comes to you and provides your loved one with companionship, activity supervision, assistance with bathing, dressing, exercising, homemaker needs, and medication management.

The easiest way to make this transition, especially for those who have dementia or other emotional issues, is to arrange for the respite care worker to visit and participate in activities or caregiving while you are there.

Give your loved one a chance to grow accustomed to the respite care aide and vice versa. You may wish to arrange respite care through an in-home care agency, or with other family members, friends or church volunteers.

With an adult day center, your loved one is cared for outside the home.

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Another wonderful resource to help you find respite services is the ARCH National Respite Locator Service. It is free to all family caregivers looking for respite at www.respitelocator.org. The ARCH page also provides links to your State Lifespan Respite Program or a State Respite Coalition if it has one. For contact information, visit www.archrespite.org.

January 28, 2012 - 3:57pm
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for sharing the link!

January 29, 2012 - 5:03am
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