It is estimated that about 85% of family caregivers in the U.S. receive no respite care support. Theses caregivers are vulnerable to social isolation, depression and additional stress related health effects.
For the caregivers that continue to work outside the home the lack of respite support often has an impact on their job performance, including arriving late or leaving early, unpaid time off and being forced to take a leave of absence.
Communities members, medical professionals, employers, colleagues, friends and family members all need to be aware of the importance of supporting the family caregiver throughout their caregiving journey.
Here are some examples of respitehelp that we can all do to support family caregivers:
given the opportunity to express their questions and concerns.
Friends and Family: You are key in the mental and physical health of your family caregiver. Make sure you are in regular contact and help in any way that you can. Even if you are living a long distance away, calling or sending a care package can be just what is needed.
Elder-Well® offers caregiver support services with reliable respite care, general health monitoring of their loved one, assistance with access to community resources and long-term care planning. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our program.
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