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How Can I Take a Break from Family Caregiving?

By Dawn Hill

When aging adults are dealing with health issues that make it hard for them to live independently, family caregivers take over many of the daily responsibilities. If you are looking after an aging mom or dad with some serious health issues, you know how rewarding, yet how time-consuming, such care can be.

If your aging parent wants to remain at home but can’t live completely on their own, they rely on you for a range of things, from cooking and cleaning to financial help and medication management. The more time and energy you spend, the more depleted you feel. So how can you take a break from family caregiving to practice some self-care?

Family Caregivers Frequently Deal with Chronic Stress

Did you know that being a family caregiver is one of the most stressful types of jobs there is? That’s because so many family caregivers must spend so much time and effort with their aging parent that they ignore their own needs. Family caregivers put their elderly loved one’s daily tasks and duties before their own families, friends, jobs and more. When there is no time for themselves to practice stress management, family caregivers develop chronic stress.

Studies show that chronic stress is quite unhealthy for people. Physically, chronic stress can lead to headaches, mood swings, weight gain or loss, digestive issues, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system and it can even shorten a lifespan. Emotionally, chronic stress is linked to loneliness, isolation, anxiety and depression. It’s easy to see that family caregivers need to take regular breaks for their own health and wellness.

Elderly Care Providers Allow You to Take Breaks from Family Caregiving

Elderly care providers can give you plenty of opportunities for regular breaks, known as respite care in the industry. Respite care is temporary care provided to seniors and disabled adults by elderly care providers for the family caregivers. With respite care, family caregivers can spend time reducing their stress by following their interests and doing things that are restorative, interesting and calming. Examples include spending time with other family members, doing hobbies, sleeping in, socializing with friends, reading a good book, exercising and taking a fun class. Any activity that stimulates the mind and improves the self-esteem is an excellent stress-buster.

Elderly care providers can help your aging parent with anything they need while you are gone. For example, they can help with bathing and grooming, laundry, housekeeping, meal preparation, and general companionship. You’ll definitely have peace of mind when you know a professional elderly care provider is with your aging mom or dad. When you get regular breaks, you’ll be a better caregiver to them.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN CORNELIUS, NC, PLEASE CALL THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS HOME CARE. WE SERVE CLIENTS IN MOORESVILLE, STATESVILLE, DAVIDSON, CORNELIUS, HUNTERSVILLE, DENVER, CONCORD, KANNAPOLIS, AND THE CHARLOTTE METRO AREA. CALL TODAY: (704) 909-7958