Victoria Respite Care | October 26, 2021
Respite Care | More than 8 million Canadians give unpaid care to a family member or friend, according to CARP. Over a million carers are over the age of 65. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half (53 percent) of caregivers say their capacity to provide care is declining as they age because of their health.
Caring for an elderly relative is both gratifying and difficult. Family caregivers must remember to take required pauses and practice self-care to continue to enjoy their work.
Respite care is described as the temporary transfer of primary caregiving obligations to another person, usually a professional caregiver, relative, or friend, for primary caregivers to be relieved of their responsibilities. Some family carers prefer to have someone take over caregiver tasks for a few hours a week or a few hours a day as respite care. Alternatively, some arrange respite care for longer periods to allow a long break or vacation. This is especially crucial for those caring for a senior who is suffering from a serious illness.
The goal of this research was to figure out what challenges and stressors family caregivers encounter. We reached out to the family members and decision-makers of around 2,000 Comfort Keepers clients as a partner in this research study.
These findings imply that while older people have higher emotional well-being than younger people, this is not the case when they have a member who is suffering from a serious disease. It is not true that all elderly individuals with sick families are unhappy; rather, it is dependent on the degree of the relative’s illness.
Caring for an elderly relative can be rewarding and develop family relationships. However, it’s crucial to remember that being a family caregiver can bring up feelings of betrayal, worry, and physical exhaustion. Caregivers put their health and well-being in danger if they don’t account for their own needs or take breaks when they need them, and respite care is a simple answer for many families.
If you are concerned about the health and well-being of your aging loved ones we can help with 24-hour care, post-surgery care, senior living transition services, and much more!
Comfort Keepers®’s trained caregivers help provide senior clients with the highest quality of life possible to keep them happy and healthy at home. Our Interactive Caregiving™ provides a system of care that addresses safety, nutrition, mind, body, and activities of daily living (ADLs).
Our philosophy is to elevate the human spirit and our caregivers will be there every step of the way to ensure your loved one has a better quality of life. Empathetic care is care that starts in the heart, and it allows us to meet our client’s exact needs. Learn more about our unique service which offers personal care, companionship care, palliative care, and end-of-life care by contacting the Comfort Keepers Victoria office.