Home Care for the Caregiver - Why Respite Care is Important
Most people understand the that home care can provide just that little bit of extra help that allows them to remain in their own home, but sometimes they overlook the role that home care can provide for the primary family caregiver. Some people are fortunate enough to have a family members close by that is able to help, but even the most dedicated family caregiver can use a little help from time to time. When home care is used to provide relief to a family caregiver, it is usually called respite care.
Today, more than ever before, adult children find themselves "sandwiched" between their elderly parents and their own children - and occasionally heir own grandchildren. These conflicting physical and time demands create what has been called the Sandwich Generation. The Pew Research Center estimates that 1 out of 8 people aged 40 to 60 is caring for both a parent and a child. Worse yet, 7 to 10 million people in the US are providing care to a parent from a long distance.
The stress and the hours can multiply quickly. Over 60% of the Sandwich Generation dedicates more than 500 hours caring for an aging parent at home. That is equivalent to a part-time job and is often in addition to a full-time job plus the typical family responsibilities. Considering that these demands can continue to years, respite care is critical for providing relief to a family caregiver.
Sometimes planned vacation or just simply a weekend off - physically and mentally - can make all the difference. Family caregivers have a responsibility to take care of themselves in order to provide care and support to their families.
Comforting Home Care can provide the quality respite care for you today. Your family is counting on you to be there and that means taking care of yourself sometimes. Everyone deserves little help now and then - even you.