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The Importance & Benefits of Respite Care

By Vicki Crow

Just as elderly individuals or those with disabilities need a bit of help to make it through the day, the same is true of those who are in the role as the primary caregiver. Here at Home Helpers of Walnutport, we like to make sure loved ones don’t burn themselves out or feel overwhelmed. For that reason, we’d like to touch on the importance as well as the benefits of respite care for caregivers who might feel emotionally, mentally and physically drained because of their duties.


The Importance

One reason respite care is so essential for caregivers is because they need time and space to recharge their batteries so they can take the best care of their loved one or patient. It’s also vital that caregivers have the time they need to tend to their own lives and obligations; their lives don’t just stop while they’re taking care of others. With respite care, they can take care of themselves, spend time with their friends and family and have a few less thing to worry about.


Something else to think about is the fact that unnecessary accidents can result from caregivers being burnt out. When those who provide in-home care are well-rested, there’s less of a chance of the people they take care of becoming injured or receiving lackluster treatment.


The Benefits

With respite care, caregivers can experience a boost of energy and renew their moods. No matter how much you might like taking care of others, it’s just as important that you take out time to take care of yourself and your own needs. Caregivers aren’t caregivers 24/7, and they might not have been caregivers all their professional lives. What this means is that you likely have hobbies and interests outside the realm of caregiving, and taking out time for yourself allows you to get back to those hobbies and interests, allowing you to cultivate a sense of satisfaction as well as a life for yourself, which goes a long way in helping you preserve your sense of identity.


Even though they might be around people during the entire course of their duties, caregivers can still isolate themselves from the rest of the world by being around their charges and patients day in and day out. Respite care allows them to see other people and parts of the community, such as friends and family.


Caregivers who have started to feel a little fatigue owe themselves a break. If you feel you’re part of this category, Home Helpers of Walnutport has you and your patients covered. Be sure to fill out a Contact Us form here on our site to learn more.