There are about 9.5 million family caregivers in the United States, and the need for assistance for caregivers continues to grow. According to the State of the Caregiver 2022 by Carewell, approximately half of all caregivers require financial aid. A third need support groups and just over 10% need respite or caregiver support.
Caregiving gives a sense of purpose and appreciation, provides opportunities to learn new skills, and strengthens relationships with loved ones. However, providing the necessary care is no easy feat and can leave a physical and emotional strain on the caregiver. The demands and obligations of caregiving can create hectic and uncertain days. Moreover, caregivers are often unaware that self-care should be a vital part of the caregiving plan for their loved ones.
Caregiving Takes Heart
Who can be caregivers?
Caregivers provide care to a family member or a loved one who requires assistance on a regular or daily basis. Care recipients can live at home or in senior communities and have chronic or disabling conditions. Caregivers can be anyone: you, your spouse, your parents, or even your best friend.
What do caregivers do?
Caregivers have a variety of roles, not just providing care to a loved one. They provide:
- Physical caregiving needs: range from simple activities of daily living like bathing and dressing to complex medical management like pain management and wound care.
- Personal health managers: manage financial and health tasks like helping to pay bills or coordinating and attending medical appointments. Caregiving can include creating a health plan organizing medical needs (i.e., when to take medication, contact information for specialists, etc.).
- Companion: caregivers provide companionship and emotional support during their loved one’s highs and lows.
What other roles/obligations do caregivers play?
Because primary caregivers focus on caring for their loved ones, it’s common to forget that they play multiple roles in their own lives. In the State of the Caregiver 2022, 39.7% stated they had a part-time or full-time job in addition to their caregiving responsibilities. They also have hobbies they tend to, personal health care to take care of and their own families.
What is Respite Care?
The National Institute of Aging refers to respite care as a temporary rest for primary caregivers. Respite care services allow a caregiver to employ professionals to provide care and services within a safe environment. It also allows the caregiver to receive the rest they need and take care of their other responsibilities.
Three different types of respite care are:
- In-home respite/home respite care: a professional caregiver provides caregiving services within the home within a short term.
- Adult Day Centers: provide programming for older adults and seniors to support their health, emotional, and social needs during the day
- Respite care in a senior living community: care and oversight provided daily and overnight. These long-term care centers provide a safe environment and physical, emotional, and practical caregiving needs.
Benefits of Respite Care
Respite services and care have been shown to relieve caregiver stress and burnout. Caregiver burnout and stress occur when caregivers' health is affected, which can lead to a medical crisis.
Symptoms of caregiver burnout may start as minor health issues like aches and fatigue. However, it can grow into significant problems like injuries or depression. Respite care can be a solution to help busy caregivers focus on personal care and prevent burnout.
Benefits of respite care include:
- Time to recharge
- Maintain personal health
- Catch up at home
- Enjoy family time
- Create an emergency plan
- New social engagements for you and your loved one
- Experience senior living communities
How Can Pine Haven Help Caregivers?
As a caregiver, juggling caregiving commitments and your care can be stressful and overwhelming. Respite care at Pine Haven can provide you with the time you need to rest and care for other needs. It can allow you to participate in events such as weddings or graduations, take a vacation, or address your health concerns.
How should a caregiver start respite services at Pine Haven?
- How long will your loved one need respite care? (Minimum of 2 days, a maximum of 28 days)
- Contact us to schedule a tour.
- One of our nurses will assess your loved one's care needs and work with you to develop a care plan.
- Determine what your loved one will need to make their stay the most comfortable. We will provide a fully furnished room, activities, and three nutritious meals daily during their stay.
At Pine Haven Christian Communities, we understand how important it is to find respite care services that fit your needs. We work hard to ensure that our respite care services meet the highest standards and that your loved one requires. Contact us today to learn more about our respite care services!