The Importance of Respite for the Caregiver
By: Laura Syoen, LPN
Providing full-time care to a loved one can wear you down and often means you are putting your own well-being second. Providing care for a loved one can be physically and emotionally taxing. One’s own bedtime, mornings, doctor appointments, meals and exercise routine often get set aside to care for your loved one if in the role as primary caregiver.
Respite for the caregiver is so important and not indulgent. Take the break! It provides the caregiver time to “recharge the battery” which may mean one can be more patient during harder to handle situations, be loving and provide the care you wish to give. As mentioned in an article from the Health Care Financing Administration with the University of Washington Institute on Aging, 1985: “Respite care is a relatively new concept that includes a wide range of services intended to give temporary relief to families caring for disabled members…As growing numbers of parents of disabled children experienced the burden of continuous caregiving they began to seek and develop respite programs.” According to the article, a “need for relief of family members caring for the frail and disabled elderly persons” also exists. This was a newer concept nearly 35 years ago yet still something caregivers don’t often make time for. If an elder or adult child is high functioning, they may be eligible to participate in an adult day program.
Adult day care provides an opportunity for those who wish to be involved in the care yet may need to work, take care of their own family or even just need a break to get some much needed R&R. Providing a safe, supportive and stimulating environment allows your loved one what they need to safely get the care they need while the care-giver can have peace of mind knowing they aren’t on duty 24 hours a day. An adult day care facility like ours can provide medical help as well as stimulation and socialization in a safe, home-like environment. The facilities at Independent Adult Day Care Centers can provide a more cost effective approach than a private at-home nurse, dismissing the need to make significant safety changes to your home or that of your loved one. If you feel you could use a break and need help caring for your loved one please contact us at Independent Adult Day Care Centers at 317-296-8815. We are committed to caring.