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It is hard to be the main caregiver of a loved one. In many situations, it may be difficult to prioritize your emotional and physical needs above those of your charge. However, this can lead to burnout which is detrimental to both the caregiver and their loved ones. One of the solutions that might help is to consider respite care.
What Is Respite Care?
Respite care is a short-term arrangement with a respite care provider where professional steps in to provide care for your loved one. There are many reasons to arrange for respite care. For example, you might have an out-of-state business meeting to attend to or they require intensive medical support in a period of rehabilitation post-surgery or simply because you are tired and need a break. In short, respite care is designed for when caregivers are unavailable, medically unqualified, or when they simply need a break.
To meet the needs of different caregivers and their loved ones, there are also many different types of respite care. The three main options are:
Benefits of Respite Care
First and foremost, it allows caregivers to take care of themselves. Whether it is an important career opportunity or a much-needed break, caregivers should not feel like they have to put their lives completely on hold to fulfill their responsibilities. Caregiver burnout is a real symptom of prolonged stress and in that mental state, caregivers will struggle to take care of themselves. This means that not only are their needs not met, but it is highly likely that the quality of care they offer will be affected as well.
Next, even though your loved ones may initially feel disoriented and upset by a change in environment, it is beneficial for them to have more social interaction with others and receive the support that they need. Respite care communities have trained medical professionals who are equipped with skills to provide personalized care and stimulating programs for your loved one.
If you have more questions about how respite care might benefit you or your loved one, contact us to find out more about our offerings here at Discovery Commons At Wildewood today!