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3 Benefits of Respite Care

Respite_CareIn a matter of moments, your responsibilities in life can shift from those of a full-time employee, to an unpaid caregiver. Whether it’s for an aging parent or recovering sibling, voluntary family aid is estimated to be worth $375 billion a year and 29 percent of Americans provide some sort of care to ill, disabled or aging family members or friends.

While there’s no doubt you care deeply for your loved ones, caregiving is often a full-time job that can impact your personal wellbeing and work performance. However, you may not feel comfortable signing away complete caregiving responsibilities to a professional caretaker or nursing home – this is where respite care can help. This service is designed to offer you temporary relief by having a professional caregiver come in and tend to your loved ones so you can deal with other aspects of your life.

Here are three benefits of investing in respite care services:

  1. Increased time: Without help, family caregivers tend to spend 20 hours a week taking care of their loved ones. Respite care gives you time back so you can focus on your daily commitments while your loved ones are cared for at the same time.
  2. Decreased stress: From physical, emotional and financial stress, caregiving can be tough, especially if you’re juggling work and family at the same time. Respite care can help you rest and relax when you need it most. In fact, 98 percent of family caregivers said the service increased their ability to provide a less stressful environment at home, according to the Oklahoma Respite Resource Network.
  3. Better health: Family caregivers tend to forego their personal health for the sake of their loved ones, ultimately leading to increased illness. Respite care can help you stay healthy by giving you more time to rest. Even if it’s just four hours per week, 64 percent of family caregivers reported improved physical health while 78 percent claimed better emotional health as a result of respite care.

As a family caregiver, it’s okay to want time to yourself as everyone deserves the opportunity to take a break. To find out more about the benefits of respite care, contact your local FirstLight Home Care today. Our caregivers are specially trained to help you help your loved ones.

3 responses to “3 Benefits of Respite Care”

  1. Being able to provide a less stressful environment at home seems like a great benefit of a caregiver. Having the time to take care of what you need while leaving the care of your loved one to a professional seems like a great idea. A professional caregiver would also have the correct knowledge and equipment to take care of your ill, disabled, or aging loved one properly in order to keep them in good health.

    • Thanks for your comment, Tiffany! Home care can absolutely help make things easier for the family caregiver. FirstLight provides non-medical home care services that contribute to overall wellbeing and quality of life. Even if it’s just temporarily through a service like Respite Care or the assistance of a trusted friend or family member, we recommend breaks for all family caregivers. They’re so important to helping them refresh and rejuvenate.

  2. It’s great that you mentioned that in-home respite care can help your loved one stay with you without you having to take care of them fulltime, which means you rest and relax when you need to. My mom is adamant not to put Grandma into a senior facility, so I’ll share this option with her. Personally, I would like for Nana to stay with us too, but we can’t take care of her fulltime, so respite care would be a wise choice. Thanks for this!

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