A new report by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the United Hospital Fund shows that family caregivers caring for a spouse or partner struggle to get by with significantly less help in the home than other types of caregivers.
If you are married to or a partner of someone with a chronic illness and/or a long-term disability, then you are a spousal caregiver. Spousal caregivers often feel a lot of stress since they also live with the person they are caring for therefor, not providing time for a break, physically or emotionally.Importance of Respite for Caregivers
Relaxation. Respite gives families peace of mind, helps them relax, and renews their humor and their energy;
Enjoyment.Respite allows families to enjoy favorite pastimes and pursue new activities;
Stability. Respite improves the family's ability to cope with daily responsibilities and maintain stability during crisis;
Preservation. Respite helps preserve the family unit and lessens the pressures that might lead to institutionalization, divorce, neglect, and child abuse;
Involvement. Respite allows families to become involved in community activities and to feel less isolated;
Time Off. Respite allows families to spend time together and alone; and
Enrichment. Respite makes it possible for family
members to establish individual identities and enrich their own
growth and development.
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About Caregiver Burnout
Everyone needs a break. Respite is a service in which temporary care is provided to children or adults with disabilities, or chronic or terminal illnesses. Respite can occur in out-of-home and in-home settings for any length of time. Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude -- from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. The signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout are similar to the symptoms of stress and depression.
signs and symptoms of caregiver stress include:
Respite is a vital resource especially for a spouse caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease or any other condition which requires constant care.
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