The 7 Important Ways Respite Care Benefits Caregivers

Respite Care for Caregivers

The physical, emotional and economic consequences for family caregivers of loved ones with physical limitations or memory loss can be overwhelming – and in some cases even devastating. In fact, a recent Commonwealth Fund study reported that 60% of family caregivers age 19-64 surveyed reported “Fair or Poor” health and one or more chronic conditions or disabilities, compared with only 33% of non-caregivers. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control also clearly show that caregivers often pay a steep price for their “labor of love.”

“Sadly, the health and overall well-being of dedicated family caregivers is often placed at serious risk as a result of their challenging circumstances and their sometimes exhausting schedules,” says Margie Hennessy, Admissions Director at Saunders House in Wynnewood, PA. “In addition to their caregiving role, many caregivers today must also balance the demands of a home, a family and a career.

“Like the loved ones they care for, caregivers also deserve the support and attention they need to maintain their own health and well-being. Fortunately, respite care, which provides caregivers with a temporary rest from caregiving duties, is designed to do exactly that.”

The 7 Key Benefits of Respite Care

As noted in the article,“Respite Care for the Elderly Is Important for Family Caregivers,”respite care services offer many valuable benefits for caregivers today, including:

  1. Renewal and Relaxation – Taking a walk, strolling leisurely through the mall, visiting a museum or doing whatever brings joy can calm you, decrease your heart rate and improve your mood.
  2. Energy –To be effective in your busy life, you must take time to re-energize. Even an automobile won’t run on empty.
  3. Space –Getting away from the caregiving situation for even just a few hours can help you relax and bring a renewed sense of purpose.
  4. Pleasure –As a caregiver, you must remember that you have the right to enjoy life. You have no reason to feel guilty.
  5. Identity – You must be purposeful in maintaining your sense of self. You are important, too!
  6. Perspective – Time away from the caregiving situation allows you to see things more clearly and keep things in proper perspective. You might even think of better ways of doing things and other resources you can tap into.
  7. Engagement –Social isolation can be a huge problem for caregivers. It’s important to take time to engage with your friends and family by sharing lunch, taking a shopping trip or doing whatever gives you personal enjoyment.

Situations Where Respite Care Is the Ideal Solution

Respite care stays for loved ones with physical support needs or memory loss typically last for a few days to a week. Respite stays offer an ideal solution for the following common situations: 

  • You need to travel or you are going on vacation
  • You become ill and need the time to recover
  • You need a physical and/or emotional break from the rigors of daily caregiving
  • You need the personal time for your other responsibilities with home and career, or you want to make plans with friends or family for the things you enjoy most in life
  • Your loved one could use a temporary change of pace or a break from their recurring daily routine
  • You are considering the 24/7 professional care provided by a senior living or memory care community but would like to give it a “test run” before making a formal commitment.

Respite Care at Saunders House: Providing Caregivers with an Oasis of Calm and Relaxation

Adds Margie, “Caring for a loved one at home can be rewarding, but at times it can also be very challenging.

“Here at Saunders House, we understand the difficulties that can arise when caring for a loved one at home. We also understand that there are times that you won’t be available to deliver that care – in the event of vacations, business trips or simply a needed break to relax. 

“Respite care at Saunders House provides caregivers and their loved ones with a break from the daily care routine. You receive some much needed downtime, while your loved one benefits from the care and support provided within our safe, nurturing environment. We give you the personal time you need so that you can continue providing the best care to your loved one in the future.

“Remember, your life is important, too. You deserve to have a healthy, rich and fulfilling life yourself!”

Loved ones in our respite care service are also encouraged to take advantage of the lifestyle offered at Saunders House and are invited to take part in daily activities and special events.

Your Trusted Resource for Senior Care Information

In addition to providing a variety of high quality senior care services, Saunders House is also an excellent source of information for families. We invite you to view our monthly articles and tips on current topics for caregivers and their loved ones. We are always here to help.

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Discover Our Healthy Tradition of Care and Wellness

Located adjacent to Lankenau Medical Center, Saunders House – part of Main Line Senior Care Alliance – has a celebrated tradition of providing exceptional care and services to seniors and their families. It’s a tradition we’re proud to continue.

Today, Saunders House offers a range of services – including short-term rehabilitationtraditional nursing care, restorative carememory carerespite care and specialized care for individuals with visual impairments – all in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing.

For more information on Saunders House, our Short-Term Rehabilitation program and other professional services, please call us today at (610) 658-5100 or contact us online.

Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Saunders House and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.

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