If you’re a caregiver, you need some time for yourself. Away from the juggling of your family’s needs, medical appointments, and responsibilities of work. You need respite care.
Respite care is substitute care given to your loved one so you can take a break and get some relief from the burden of care giving.
It can be for an hour, a day, a weekend, on a regular basis or just one time.
As elder law attorneys we see first hand the desperate situation many of our caregivers are in. We’re so concerned about it that we recently launched an initiative to improve the availability of respite programs.
Studies have shown that caregivers are at increased risk of depression and other health problems. By taking care of yourself, with adequate sleep, nutritious meals and exercise, you will increase your energy, your well-being, your morale, and your ability to provide that care. Reaching out for help from a respite program can be just what you need. Continue reading