At Home Senior Care in Farragut, TN
Comfort Keepers knows the importance of available respite care for families and proudly offers it as a at home senior care option
Being a caregiver for a senior family member is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world, but it is also an occupation that is accompanied by a very high rate of burnout and stress. The reason for this lays in the fact that most caregivers put their loved ones first, and themselves last. If you do this, you are not alone. It is a common dilemma for family caregivers, and one that can have more repercussions that you may realize. Comfort Keepers in Farragut, TN understands how difficult it can be for those performing essential at home senior care tasks to acknowledge and take care of their own needs. Dedication in caring for a loved one, guilt at the thought of finding respite care outside the home, and worry that their loved ones will not receive the best care can often stop a caregiver from caring for their own needs.
The Burnout and Stress of At Home Senior Care Can Affect Your Own Health
You probably hide it well, not wanting your loved one to feel guilty or worry about you, but if you are your elderly family member’s sole caregiver, there is a good chance that you are suffering from some form of burnout or stress. What you might not know is that if you continue to push that hard, and continue to struggle with feeling exhausted, burned out, and stressed it will eventually take a toll on your health. Stress has been proven to be a factor in a number of physical and mental ailments. Everything from high blood pressure and depression to heart disease can potentially be traced back to stress and burnout.
Be A More Effective Caregiver
You likely have a number of people who depend on you to be healthy and strong, including the senior family member you are caring for. If you are consistently exhausted and stressed it makes it very difficult to be a good caregiver to anyone. If you feel guilty at the thought of bringing in respite care, this is a very important point to keep in mind. Letting yourself run low means that you may not have enough energy or patience to offer the best at home senior care. As long as you are rested and balanced you can offer the very best care to your entire family.
Respite Care Can be Used for Many Things
Don’t think of respite care as solely a way to take care of business such as doctors’ appointments or going out of town. While these are very common reasons to have a caregiver come in to care for your loved one, it is also your opportunity to be a bit “selfish” and add some balance in your life. Can you remember the last time you sat and read a book or took a nap in the afternoon? Do you have a hobby you love but have not touched in so long you cannot remember when you engaged in it last? Perhaps you are itching to go out to lunch with a close friend? These activities are important, they allow you to feel refreshed and balanced and come back to your caregiving with more energy and enthusiasm.
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Respite care as well as all of our other at home senior care options are designed to be highly flexible and completely customized. The best way to learn more about how our care can improve your life and the life of your loved one, is to contact us today at (865) 214-6787. We can answer many of your questions on the phone and schedule you and your loved one for a free in-home consultation where you can learn more about our caregiving services.