The importance of respite for family caregivers

by Paradise Living Center

Taking care of an elderly parent or loved one offers many benefits for both parties including strengthening the parent-child relationship, bringing fulfillment and happiness, and boosting overall quality of life. Despite these advantages, burnout and stress are extremely common for those who serve as a caregiver for an aging loved one. Too often, caregivers become so involved in taking care of their loved one that they allow their own needs to get put aside.

The number of family caregivers is increasing with an estimated 50 million caregivers in the U.S. today. It is no coincidence that exhaustion, stress, isolation, depression and physical ailments are becoming increasingly common. By taking a break on a regular basis, caregivers can avoid these issues while also becoming a better caregiver in the long run. This is why respite for family caregivers is extremely valuable.

Why is respite so important for family caregivers?

Respite care provides family caregivers with relief and an opportunity to spend time doing things for themselves or just taking some time to relax. Most family caregivers are on the job 24/7 with no options for taking a break. Taking time off will allow a caregiver to feel renewed and refreshed so that they will return a more effective caregiver. Family caregivers may not have a formal job, but they are working and just like others in the workforce, they deserve time for their own activities, socializing and, relaxation. It is essential that caregivers don’t neglect their social life including relationships with friends and family. This will help reduce feelings of isolation and depression, which are common among family caregivers. Respite care makes it possible and it should not be considered a luxury, but rather a necessity for the well-being of both the caregiver and their aging loved one.

Whether going on vacation or just looking for some time on a regular basis, respite care is a great option for you and your loved one. Although it is common to feel guilty with the thought of leaving your loved one, if you truly want the best care for them then you must also care for yourself.

At Paradise Living Centers, in addition care in to the residents in our group homes, we also provide respite care to families in need of short-term care for a loved one, based on our room availability. The caregivers at Paradise Living Centers are certified by the state of Arizona and have undergone extensive training… For them, this isn’t just a job; it’s a calling. Their professional passion means our residents receive the highest possible quality of care.

We understand your concern for your loved one and would be happy to discuss the options for respite care at Paradise Living Centers. For more information please visit our website or give us a call at (480)878 -4112.