November is National Family Caregivers Month—a time for us to recognize our nation’s thousands of selfless caregivers who provide much-needed support to family members and other loved ones in need.
Caregiving is a significant job and can take an incredible emotional toll on families. Adult children, for instance, may have their own children and jobs to focus on, and may feel guilty for not having enough hours to serve those who have served them for so long.
As a caregiver, it’s important to take care of yourself first and avoid the burnout that inevitably comes from the role of caring for a loved one.
The Impact of Caregiving
Whether it’s a spouse, a parent, a sibling or another relative, most of us will be called to serve as a caregiver at some point in our lives. In fact, the Family Caregiver Alliance estimates that the U.S. has approximately 65.7 million people—or 29 percent of our population—currently provide care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged.
Depending on the your employment status, the distance between you and the care recipient, and your own physical health, caregiving may have a dramatic impact on your life—leading to lost wages, declining health, mental anguish and other symptoms of burnout.
Avoid the Burnout from Caregiving
Given the long hours associated with caregiving, it’s natural to feel at loose ends—particularly around the holidays, when you may need to travel and find backup care for your loved one.
The Caregiver Action Network, one of the nation’s leading family caregiver organizations, recommends caregivers explore “respite care” as a chance to take a breather, recharge and regroup. Because caregiving can be a full time, around-the-clock job, offering little time for rest and self-care, caregivers are at an increased risk for health issues from chronic stress.
Respite care is a short-term solution that allows you to take a much needed break from the physical demands, stress and challenges of caregiving. It can be for a day or a weekend or several weeks—whether you need to travel for business or vacation, or just need some time for yourself to re-energize.
Respite Care at Bethesda Senior Living Communities
Bethesda Senior Living Communities offers respite or short-term stays in our assisted living and memory care communities. As a faith-based organization dedicated to service, we strive to care for both our residents and their caregiving families. We offer a safe environment for your loved ones while you are away, or simply need a break from the day-to-day stresses of caregiving.
Seniors in our care have access to trained staff 24 hours a day, a wealth of social interaction, and a nurturing, safe environment. Our long-term daily rates are all-inclusive, with no long-term contracts, making it an ideal solution for caregivers who need to travel over the upcoming holidays—or a good way to try out assisted living without making a permanent commitment.
To learn more about respite programs near you, visit one of our communities today.
Posted on Fri, November 27, 2015