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Why Are Breaks Essential for Family Caregivers?

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Statistics show the typical family caregiver is a female in her late 40s who is married, employed, and a mother. Juggling so many responsibilities can wear a person down, which is why family caregivers should take breaks. If you’re a caregiver, consider these reasons for taking some time away from your caregiving tasks.

Reenergize Yourself

Going to work, grocery shopping, preparing meals, doing laundry, taking care of an elderly loved one, and spending time with a spouse and children can be challenging. At some point, it may all get to be too much, yet many family caregivers keep going until they become exhausted or seriously ill. The stress associated with caregiving can increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, and other illnesses.

One of the best reasons to get away from caregiving for a period is to get some rest. Taking a few days away from caregiving allows you to catch up on much-needed sleep, enjoy relaxed mealtimes, clear your mind, and let go of anxiety. As a result, you can come back feeling energized.

Family caregivers sometimes need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. When they need respite care, West Hartford families can rely on professional caregivers to help their senior loved ones remain safe at home.

Prevent Burnout

Burnout can happen when you become overwhelmed by trying to meet multiple demands. If you experience burnout, you may make bad decisions, say things you regret later, or engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as using drugs, drinking too much, or overeating for comfort and relief. Scheduling a few hours each week to get away from your caregiving responsibilities reduces the risk of burnout. Spending time with a trusted friend for the purpose of venting can go a long way toward helping you release some pent-up frustration.

Professional caregivers can be a wonderful source of support for family members caring for aging loved ones. When researching agencies that provide elder care, families are usually looking for flexible care plans, compassionate and highly trained caregivers, and 24/7 availability. Whether you need respite care to take a break from your caregiving duties or your senior loved one needs around-the-clock assistance at home, you can rely on Home Care Assistance.

Enhance Family Relationships

Caregiving can put a strain on relationships with spouses, children, and siblings. While you don’t mean to neglect others you love, your senior loved one likely requires much of your time and attention. However, it’s vital to spend time with other loved ones. If you have siblings, they should pitch in when possible to allow you to spend more time with your spouse and children.

Allow Time for Healthcare

It’s not unusual for family caregivers to neglect their health because they cannot find time for medical appointments. As a result, caregivers miss appointments for annual physicals, dental care, and screenings for conditions like cancer. Make sure to schedule time for medical care and health screenings to prevent serious illness. 

Seniors can face a variety of age-related challenges. Though some families choose to take on the caregiving duties, there may come a time when they need a trusted West Hartford home care provider. Families sometimes need respite from their duties so they can focus on their other responsibilities, and some seniors need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide. Home Care Assistance is here to help. To learn about our high-quality in-home care services, give us a call at (860) 372.4500 today.