When a loved one grows older and falls ill, sustains an injury, or undergoes a major surgery, the natural next move is to start caring for that person. Yet, becoming a family caregiver takes a lot of time, effort, and responsibility. Depending on the extent of your loved one’s needs, caregiving can range from part-time to full-time, even 24-hour work. Although family caregiving may seem like a cost-saving measure, the costs on you as the caregiver can be significant.
Organizations that provide respite care services, like Sunny Days In-Home Care, allow family caregivers to take a few hours out of the day to take care of errands, spend time with friends and other family members, and most importantly rest. This minimizes caregiver fatigue, burnout, and in more serious cases, the chances of becoming depressed.