Respite for Family Caregivers

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Did you answer "yes?"

Whether you're an "on-call" caregiver, helping an aging parent when they need it, or a full time caregiver of a loved one who needs around the clock help, you need to pay great attention to yourself, your heath and your happiness.

We're talking about you

While caring for your aging parent is a labor of love, it is still labor. As you spend more and more of your time caring for your senior parent, you may find yourself giving up favorite hobbies and vacations, saying no to friends, feeling distracted at work and getting more stressed with your spouse and children. Over time, juggling caregiving with work, raising children and managing a household increases your risk for depression, chronic illness and a decline in your overall quality of life.

Don't be another statistic
Despite these risks, you may neglect good health habits if you’re like many caregivers. You may skimp on sleep, eat poorly, skip regular exercise, keep going even when you’re ill or postpone your own medical appointments. If you’re a caregiver who neglects your own health, you’re more likely to suffer from a chronic condition such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure and be overweight. Caregiving can also take a toll on your mental health, with an estimated 46 percent to 59 percent of caregivers suffering from clinical depression. 

Ask yourself this question
“What good will I be to the person I care for if I become ill?” As a caregiver, it is critical for you to take good care of yourself—even while you are taking care of your aging loved one. Put yourself, your heath and your happiness first. If you're not happy, the whole family is affected.

Just do it
It is possible to take some much-needed time for yourself while meeting the needs of your senior parent through SYNERGY HomeCare’s respite care services.

Something for caregivers to look forward to
Me time. Time off. No responsibilities. A massage. A nap in the hammock. Snuggling up with a good book. Coffee with your best friend. A hike. Mani-pedi. Whatever the treat you love may be, one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is use a SYNERGY HomeCare caregiver to provide respite care in your place while you do all your favorite things, once a week. It could be four hours, it could be eight. What we have learned from our clients who take weekly respite breaks from caregiving is that their overall mental and physical heath is much better and their families notice the change.

Is your spouse a caregiver for an aging parent?
If so, and you're reading this, it's time for a conversation about considering your spouse's health and future. Seriously, caring for an adult parent around the clock is like taking on a second full-time job. Consider your spouse and your family's happiness. Give SYNERGY HomeCare a call or complete the "I'm Looking for Care" box in the chat box to your right. We can talk through your situation and make recommendations for your family. We can help keep your entire family healthy and happy. We're the experts. It's what we do best.


Resources for Family Caregivers

Adult children can be thrust into the caregiver role when they least expect it. It only takes an aging parent’s illness, a slip in the bathroom or a collision caused by a mistake in the driver’s seat, and an adult child may find their new job as a caregiver—a role that few people adequately plan or prepare for. For practical tips and advice on caregiving, below are some handy resources for you to read online or download:

Play it Safe

A guide to the subtle warning signs your aging loved one needs help.

Conversation on Aging

A how-to guide on how to handle "the conversation" about your aging loved ones' home care needs.

Alzheimer's: What is happening to my loved one?

Basic knowledge of this baffling and tragic disease.

 

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Night Out Package

Night Out Package

As a family caregiver, going on a date may seem like too much time away from your loved one, but with the “Night Out” care package, you can have peace of mind when you are away.

Package includes:

  • 4 hours of care
  • Nutritious Meal
  • Tuck-In Services
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Medication Reminders 

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Out of Town Package

Out of Town Package

Leaving town for a few days can be stressful for yourself and your loved one. SYNERGY HomeCare can be with your loved one while you are away.

Package includes:

  • 3-4 day live-in care
  • Household upkeep
  • Meal preparation
  • Comfort support
  • Linen change
  • Laundry
  • Assist with activities of daily living

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