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RESPITE CARE
 

Support for those who care for others. 

THE HUMAN COST OF CARE

The human cost of caregiving is profound and often underestimated. Caregivers dedicate their time, energy, and emotional well-being to support, and assist individuals who are unable to fully care for themselves. This selfless act of compassion can lead to physical and mental exhaustion. Many caregivers experience sleep deprivation, chronic stress and gradual neglect of their own health needs.

It is very common for caregivers to place their lives on “hold”, sacrificing personal and professional aspirations, as well as limiting interactions with their own social network. Additionally, many caregivers balance multiple roles within their own family. Adult children for example may be responsible for providing direct care to an aging parent, while simultaneously caring for their own children. Eventually, the cumulative effect of these many factors will begin to take its toll. Caregivers are at an increased risk of developing feelings of isolation, depression and burnout.

WHAT IS RESPITE?

Respite care provides temporary relief and support to primary caregivers of individuals with special needs, chronic illnesses or disabilities. Respite offers these caregivers a much needed break from their responsibilities by arranging for trained professionals or volunteers to step in and care for their loved ones. This can range from a few hours to a few weeks depending on the individual case. By taking a break, caregivers allow themselves to recharge, attend to their own needs, and work to reduce physical and emotional strain. Respite plays a vital role in promoting the well-being of caregivers, and helps ensure the long-term sustainability of their efforts.

BENEFITS OF RESPITE
  • Reduces Cumulative Stress

  • Helps to Reduce and Prevent Caregiver Burnout

  • Allows Caregivers to Recharge Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually

  • Improves the Overall Quality of Care

RESPITE FOR PROFESSIONALS

Professional caregivers working in the industry are not immune to the effects of cumulative stress. Providence Home Care provides respite professionals, who can fill in for any staff member who wishes to take time off from their regularly assigned duties. This includes caregivers working privately and within facilities including assisted living, skilled-nursing facilities, hospitals and independent living facilities.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

There are various resources that exist to educate and support to individual caregivers. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call Providence’s main office. Our staff would be happy to provide guidance, answer questions and connect you with the resource at our disposal. These include but are not limited to:

  1. Support Groups: Support Groups offer a platform for caregivers to connect with others facing the same challenges. In these groups, participants may share experience, tips and tricks, as well as provide emotional support to one another.

  2. Counseling and Therapy: Mental health professionals, such as therapists and counselors, can offer individual or group therapy sessions designed to help caregivers navigate the inherent emotional challenges and stress.

  3. Caregiver Education and Training: Organizations and community centers often provide workshops, seminars and online courses to help equip caregivers (professional and private) with practical stills, knowledge and resources to better manage their responsibilities.

  4. Caregiver Support Hotlines: There are several dedicated helplines and hotlines that offer immediate support, guidance, and a listening ear for caregivers in crisis, or in need of assistance.

  5. Respite Vouchers and Grants: Some organizations, or government agencies provide financial assistance in the form of respite vouchers or grants to help caregivers access the services they need.

  6. Caregiver Apps and Technology: Innovative apps and technology solutions are available to help caregivers manage medications, scheduling, and even communication with healthcare industry professionals/organizations.

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