Giving Yourself a Break Helps You and Your Loved One
From Carrie Hill, PhD
Caregivers who use respite care often tell me that although caregiving is one of the hardest jobs theyâ€™ve ever had, they wouldnâ€™t trade the experience for anything. Helping a family member or close friend who hasÂ Alzheimerâ€™s disease can provide a sense of purpose and great satisfaction.
Still, the emotional and physical demands of caregiving make it hard to be a caregiver 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Without respite care â€” a temporary break from the demands of caregiving â€” you may be more susceptible to the effects of caregiver stress, such as depression, exhaustion and other health problems.