Respite Care: A Break for Caregivers

Apr 17th, 2018

Providing care to aging populations and those with illnesses is noble and life-changing, but can be draining. Whether you are a caregiver by profession or a family caregiver, we know that as important as your work is, it is also taxing.


Seventy-four percent of family caregivers report that their situation is moderately or highly stressful. Especially for caregivers, everyone needs a break from time to time.


Respite care is designed to provide planned breaks for caregivers, who often work until the point of illness before realizing they need some time off. With respite care, you can arrange for someone else to care for your loved one on a temporary basis so that you can take a break without worrying about your loved one’s well-being.


How Long Are We Talking?

Whether it’s an afternoon off or a week-long vacation, having a respite care plan can ensure that caregivers are regularly refreshed and rejuvenated. Respite care can also be arranged on an emergency basis if something comes up unexpectedly.


Where to Get Respite Care

Both medical and non-medical respite caregivers can be hired to care for your loved one while you’re away. Senior communities like Shorewood Senior Living offer respite and short stay care for families needing temporary help caring for their loved one.


Turning to Your Network

Some caregivers also look to their family and friends to step in and offer respite care. Call a meeting, explain the needs of your loved one and your own needs for some time away, and make arrangements for others to help. Check these additional tips on how to go about this family meeting, including using an online scheduler like Lotsa Helping Hands or CareCalendar.


If you’re a caregiver and feeling overwhelmed or tired, please take the opportunity to plan for your own break, making use of the options for respite care.


Contact Shorewood Senior Living to learn more. Your loved one and your own well-being will thank you!