Caregivers have the perfect name — they’re always giving of their own time and energy for the benefit of a loved one. According to the Caregiver Action Network, more than 65 million Americans act as a caregiver for an older, disabled or chronically ill loved one, serving at least 20 hours per week.
Often a family caregiver is responsible for bathing, feeding and dressing a loved one, and while caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, it is also exhausting and stressful. Whether it’s providing help for an older parent, grandparent, spouse, or even a child, these caregivers often don’t have adequate time to manage their own lives. Caregivers report poor eating habits, missed doctor appointments and feelings of depression at higher rates, says Caregiver Action Network.
Burnout is unfortunately a reality that affects caregivers physically, emotionally and mentally. Offering care for a loved one is admirable, but you don’t have to do it alone.
In-home respite care provides caregivers the help they so greatly deserve. Although there are support groups and training that make giving much easier, hiring respite care is the most effective solution for reducing caregiver burnout.