With time, more and more of us are finding ourselves in the role of a family caregiver for our elderly loved ones. Baby boomers, who are themselves at or nearing retirement age, often find themselves caring for their elderly loved ones, often while still juggling the responsibilities of their own career and family. And older adults – often in their 70s or 80s are more frequently finding themselves caring for an ailing spouse.

And while we deeply love our ageing family members, caring for them can often become overwhelming and stressful. It can lead to stress, burnout and sometimes even resentment.

This is where respite care can provide a multitude of benefits – not just to the person who requires care but also to family caregivers.

What Is Respite Care?

Respite care provides a respite – or break – to family caregivers. It is when professional caregivers provide their services for a few hours a day, a couple of days a week, or whatever amount of time is necessary to allow family caregivers “time off” for themselves.  Frequently, respite care is home care in which a professional health care worker comes to the person’s home to care for them and look after their needs.

And while some family caregivers can feel reluctant to hire a “stranger” to take care of their parent or spouse, many who agree to respite care find that it was one of the best decisions they have made for both themselves and their loved one.

Some of the benefits of respite care are:

Are you a family caregiver and feeling overwhelmed by your responsibilities? Respite care can help. Contact Vera Home Care today for a consultation!