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Happy National Family Caregivers Month[/caption]
November is National Family Caregivers Month and Home Care Assistance is joining President Obama in recognizing all those who dedicate themselves to the care of a loved one. Last month President Obama signed a Presidential Proclamation
to honor Family Caregivers in America, saying in part, “This month, and every month, let us lift up all those who work to tirelessly advance the health and wellness of those they love. Let us encourage those who choose to be caregivers and … reflect the selflessness and open-hearted empathy they show their loved ones every day.”
We couldn’t agree more, and that is why we are using this month to support caregivers with information about respite care, hospice, caring for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and more.
Let’s begin with respite care, a service that provides temporary relief for full time caregivers. It’s importance cannot be understated because caregiving isn’t a 9 to 5 job. There are no coffee or lunch breaks at the corner café, so how does a caregiver get the rest the deserve? Respite care allows care to continue, uninterrupted, while giving the caregiver time to restore personal energy and prevent burnout.
Seniors want to age in place. They want to remain in their homes and avoid nursing homes or other skilled care settings. When care needs to be provided 24 hours a day to make that happen, respite care becomes an important part of the equation.
Seeking respite care is a wise and essential strategy to ensure longevity as a caregiver. Between 40 and 70% of family caregivers experience clinically significant symptoms of depression and anxiety due to the emotional toll of caring for an aging parent. The only way to avoid becoming part of that statistic is to ensure that caregivers protect, and invest in, their mental and emotional health. Respite care allows that to happen while ensuring continuous care.
There are different types of respite caregivers, ranging from home health nurses to private caregivers. The AARP
recommends that you carefully consider the training and credentials of potential caregivers. We know that the best are skilled caregivers
who are supervised and managed by trained, experienced staff. They are the professionals who can give your loved one compassion and care in your absence.
How do you find respite care? Your physician and the social worker at your hospital may be able to suggest certified caregivers. Local assisted living facilities and nursing homes may provide respite care. The internet is full of connections, but know what you are looking for. Be careful to check training, credentials and references. If a company or caregiver won’t give references, walk away. Home Care Assistance is always here to help and to provide high quality respite care near you.
When you provide care full time, you need someone to care for you as well. That is what respite care is all about. We will care for your loved one so you can care for yourself.
Call your local office to request a respite care Holiday guide!