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Short-Term and Respite Care Options Benefit Caregivers

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 27 July 2011

With August fast approaching, many of us may feel we’re in the so-called “dog days” of summer – those days when the heat, humidity, and hectic pace of summer life saps us of energy and derails our drive.

For those who are caregivers – whether full-time, part-time, long-distance, or under the same roof – this final stretch of summer can be especially brutal.

Caregiver burnout is an extremely common occurrence in any caregiving experience, and it happens gradually, sometimes invisibly, when a heavy burden of care takes priority over the restoration that rest and respite provides. Caregivers need a balance between the hard work of caregiving and a period of renewal, whether that means taking short breaks throughout each day (a 5-minute walk, a ten-minute power nap, a 15-minute phone call with a supportive friend), planning ahead for a longer time away – or, ideally, a combination of the two.

Many assisted living communities offer short-term stays and respite care options for families who are caring for a loved one around the clock, or even just during the day. Perhaps the caregiver needs surgery and cannot provide care during the recovery period. Short-term options in assisted living can fill that need. Maybe the caregiver wants to take a family vacation. Respite care may be provided via home care or in an assisted living setting.

Learn more about these options, and the importance of respite, here.

There are 6 Comments about this post

  1. Everyone needs a break sometimes… especially caregivers! It is a tough but rewarding job.

     

    on 27 July 2011 / 5:50 PM

     
  2. Absolutely! Thanks for commenting.

     

    on 27 July 2011 / 11:57 PM

     
  3. Juggling care giving with often a full-time job, kids and other responsibilities is a HUGE task. It’s amazing how many people – 1 in 6 – do care giving work in addition to so many other things.

     

    on 29 July 2011 / 11:48 AM

     
  4. You’re so right! It is amazing. We really need to be sensitive to the fact that 1 in 6 people in our circles (or more) are balancing these things; an offer to help even in a small way could make a big difference.

    Thanks for commenting!

     

    on 29 July 2011 / 11:30 PM

     
  5. [...] 10, or 15 minutes to sit down and think about some things you can delegate to others. Give yourself opportunities for respite, and give your support network the opportunity to serve you and your loved ones. There may be [...]

     

    on 30 March 2012 / 7:03 AM

     
  6. That is true! Thanks for the comment.

     

    on 06 July 2012 / 9:44 AM

     
 

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