Mothers are such special, caring people in our lives. With Mother’s Day approaching, it’s time to think about how to honor these important ladies. Flowers and brunch are always nice, but have you thought about how to relieve stress for the mother(s) in your life?
Statistics show that 67% of family caregivers are women and 68% of care recipients are female, which means that many caregivers are daughters caring for their mothers. In many cases, this is a role for which they are not fully prepared. Social workers are reporting that the majority of family caregivers are not prepared for many aspects of their aging relatives’ care, including the financial burden, the amount of time it takes to provide care and the emotional toll it can take on their own nuclear family.
Too often, family caregivers get run down and even sick because they have not taken time out for themselves. Help them by sharing that taking a break is not an act of selfishness. It is actually an act of great giving.
Effective, sustainable caregiving depends on meeting a caregiver’s needs for nurturing, reassurance, support and respite. By accepting respite care from an in-home care agency, women can better concentrate on also being a daughter, a mother, and a spouse.
As a Mother’s Day gift this year, encourage your wife, mother or friends to accept outside caregiving help. The caregivers at Partners in Healthcare are on hand to provide the mother in your life with the gift of respite care. Contact us today to learn more.