Respite Care for Family Caregivers
Home Respite Care for Your Loved One
According to AARP, nearly 40 million Americans provide unpaid care to people who are older, disabled, or otherwise in need of help. The level of care can vary greatly, from help with activities of daily living to medically complex needs.
While it can be very rewarding to provide care for a loved one, it can also be challenging. Family caregivers often struggle to find time for themselves, resulting in caregiver burnout.
Respite care is incredibly important for your health and for your ability to provide care for your loved one.
NurseRegistry offers skilled nursing visits and respite services. Depending on the level of care needed, an RN (Registered Nurse) or LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) will come to your home to provide care for your loved one.
Respite care services include:
- Tube feedings
- Ostomy care
- Tracheostomy care and suctioning
- Blood sugar checks and insulin injections
- Medication management and administration
- Wound care
- Urinary catheter care
- Bowel regimens
- Other services as requested
Our nurses can provide care that an unskilled, professional caregiver may not be able to provide.
Respite services are available on an as-needed or ongoing basis. A nurse can care for your loved one for a few hours a day or a few weeks.
Finding respite care you can trust can be worrisome. When you call us, we will match your loved one with a licensed nurse for total peace of mind.
We are here to help you find a qualified, competent and compassionate RN or LVN to assist you and your family.
More Information on Caregiver Stress
Caregiver stress is due to the emotional and physical strain of caregiving. Caregivers report much higher levels of stress than people who are not caregivers.
Many caregivers are providing help or are “on call” almost all day. Sometimes, this means there is little time for work or other family members or friends. Some caregivers may feel overwhelmed by the amount of care their aging, sick or disabled family member needs.
Symptoms of Caregiver Stress
Caregiver stress can take many forms. You may feel frustrated and angry one minute and helpless the next. You may make mistakes when giving medicine. Or, you may turn to unhealthy behaviors.
Symptoms of caregiver stress and burnout include:
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling alone, isolated, or deserted by others
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Gaining or losing a lot of weight
- Feeling tired most of the time
- Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Becoming easily irritated or angered
- Feeling worried or sad often
- Having headaches or body aches often
How Caregiver Stress Affects Your Health
Some stress can be good for you, as it helps you cope and respond to a change or challenge. But long-term stress of any kind, including caregiver stress, can lead to serious health problems.
Depression and Anxiety. Women who are caregivers are more likely than men to develop symptoms of anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression raise your risk for other health problems, such as heart disease and stroke.
Weak Immune System. Stressed caregivers may have weaker immune systems than non-caregivers. They may spend more days sick with the cold or flu. A weak immune system can cause vaccines to be less effective. Also, it may affect how long it takes to recover from surgery.
Obesity. Stress causes weight gain. Obesity raises your risk for other health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Higher risk for Chronic Diseases. High levels of stress, especially when combined with depression, can raise your risk for health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or arthritis
Problems with short-term memory or paying attention. Stress and fatigue can put you at a higher risk for problems with short-term memory and focus. If you give medication reminders to your loved one, this forgetfulness can affect their health and safety.
How Respite Care Helps
Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while your loved one continues to receive care in a safe environment.
Respite care can provide time to spend with other friends and family. Or time to take care of errands such as shopping, exercising, getting a haircut or going to the doctor.
Respite support from a skilled nursing agency provides comfort and peace of mind. You can rest assured knowing that your loved one is with a licensed medical professional. Care can be for several hours a day, overnight or weeks. Your loved one can remain in their homes where they are usually most comfortable.