Caregivers across the country deal with a number of stressors on a consistent basis. Depending on what they have going on in their life, they may be at an increased risk of caregiver stress and burnout. Trying to alleviate that stress is often an overwhelming challenge for some caregivers.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a family caregiver or paid professional, caregiver stress is very real and it could potentially negatively impact the care that the senior receives.
Respite centers, which can often be called adult day centers, offer caregivers an opportunity to get a much-needed break and that can help to alleviate caregiver stress over time.
Jane Adler writes in the article, Respite facilities offer caregivers some time off for the Chicago Times:
“Caregiver burnout is not an uncommon problem. About 27 percent of U.S. adults have provided care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during the last year, according to the National Family Caregivers Association in Kensington, Md. And 61 percent of family caregivers who provide at least 21 hours of care a week have suffered from depression.”
Relying on these respite centers, the caregiver can drop off the elderly patient in the morning for a few hours or for the entire day. This would allow the caregiver to spend some much needed time alone and to get things done that he or she needs to get done.
Respite centers are not just places where the family caregiver can drop off their elderly loved one and where the elderly individual would just sit and wait until they return. These centers offer a variety of activities for the patients. They could include certain classes, art activities, games, and opportunities to meet and make new friends.
They also offer the elderly patient an opportunity to get out of the house for a period of time. That can help alleviate some aspects of depression that are more common among the elderly who are feeling isolated and alone at home.
If you or someone you know is a caregiver for an elderly loved one or other patient, and you notice that they are under a lot of stress lately, mention the prospect of an adult day center or respite center. Depending on where they live, these respite centers may be just around the corner. Alleviating caregiver stress will help to boost the quality of elderly care overall.
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