Comfort Keepers Respite Care in Woodbury, NJ
Learn how respite care can provide the care seniors need while giving caregivers a break.
There are literally dozens of reasons seniors may need help with daily living support. From chronic pain and a loss of mobility to progressive diseases, cancers, dementia, and depression, seniors are at an increased risk for life-altering conditions, and many of these conditions put seniors in a vulnerable state. As a result, nearly 70 million American family members provide daily living support for a senior loved one.
Take a Break with Respite Care in Woodbury, NJ
Caring for a senior loved one typically starts out as a labor of love. Sadly, statistics show that for many family caregivers who end up providing care long-term, care also takes a dramatic toll upon their own physical and mental health because of a condition known as caregiver burnout.
According to WebMD, caregiver burnout is "a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude -- from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned...Caregivers who are burned out may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression." In fact, caregivers who are burned out are twice as likely to end up with a chronic disease and/or become clinically depressed.
The good news is that there is a way to avoid burnout and even reverse the symptoms if burnout is experienced. The "cure" is called a respite break. A respite is a short-term break that caregivers take to address their personal medical, social, and emotional challenges as well as other needs they may not be able to take care of while spending every waking moment as a caregiver. Respites normally range from a few hours to several days, but they may even extend up to a week in time. Research shows that caregivers who take regular respites can avoid caregiver burnout, and those with burnout can restore their physical and mental health in as little as a year.
Respite care refers to support and services provided to seniors while family caregivers are taking their respite. Respite care services range from light housekeeping, laundry, and meal preparation to medication management, transportation, and companionship. Service also include personal care and hygiene support, including eating assistance, toileting, bathing, grooming, dressing, and oral health support.
Best of all, Comfort Keepers respite care is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. It can be planned well in advance or used in the case of an emergency. At Comfort Keepers, caregivers even specialize in dementia and Alzheimer's care, end of life care, and hospital to home transitions. Of course, care and supervision are all provided in the comfort and convenience of your loved one's own home.