If you’re a caregiver, you have a lot of company; caregivers are 66 million strong in the United States, and you need to know about respite care.
While 60 percent of U.S. caregivers call the experience “very or extremely rewarding,” it takes its toll on the “carer.” The stress is commonly called caregiver syndrome. A 2007 study found two-thirds of the caregivers surveyed had increased anxiety or stress, about half had trouble sleeping and a fourth said they had new or worsening health problems. The Alzheimer’s Association provides good information about care for caregivers, even if dementia isn’t involved. The group strongly encourages caregivers to take their stress symptoms seriously, especially exhaustion, sleeplessness, or changes in appetite or behavior.
Part of managing stress is taking a break. A “short break” taken by caregivers is often called a respite. “Respite care” is temporary, short-term relief of two to four weeks to those who are caring for people who can’t take care of themselves.
Wichita Presbyterian Manor is a great place for your loved one’s respite stay in our assisted living or health care neighborhoods. Varied activities, tasty meals and snacks, and secured patios and garden areas will enhance your loved one’s life.
Adult Day Services are also available.
Contact us for more information.