Respite Care Is Important
Being the primary caregiver for a loved one entails great levels of stress and risks burnout. As a caregiver, you are so focused on your loved one that you tend to lose focus on yourself and often put aside your own needs.
This is why respite care is essential for caregivers. There are already an estimated 50 million caregivers in the country today. As the number continues to rise we can expect a corresponding rise in stress, isolation, depression, and physical ailments. Caregivers need to recognize that they need a break sometimes to pay attention to themselves and take care of their own needs. Taking some time away should also make them better caregivers in the long run.
Guilt is often associated with the thought of seeking out respite care for our loved ones. According to a recent survey by the National Family Caregivers Association, it’s difficult for spouses to acknowledge their role as caregiver is different and separate from their role as spouse. They need to accept that caregiving is a distinct part of their lives and is often to large a task for just one person to handle.