Find Respite with Home Care Assistance


Find Respite with Home Care Assistance

The demand for respite care has never been greater at ABC Clinton Township.

Senior population growth in Clinton Township, Michigan shatters historical records year after year, and the number of informal caregivers is booming along with it.

If your family needs respite, we can help. Read on to learn some facts about “caregiver burden,” as well as how to find respite with home care assistance in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Identifying Caregiver Burden

If you know a friend, spouse, or family member who is responsible for the care of their aging loved one, you know all about “caregiver burden.” They aren’t sleeping well; they’re wracked with stress, and forgetful, and perpetually rushing; maybe they’re even fighting with the aging parent they’re trying to help. Quality of life is down and tension keeps ratcheting up.

The signs aren’t too difficult to spot when you’re on the outside, looking in. And you’ll be happy to know it’s a pretty quick fix, with the right home care assistance plan.

But maybe you’re the informal caregiver–that’s a tougher nut to crack. Telling someone to “care for yourself so you can care for others” is easy, but it’s much harder to practice what you preach. When a loved one needs help, we put our personal needs aside and provide, then deal with the consequences later.

If you’re an informal caregiver, you need to acknowledge the care burden:

  • Without home care assistance, informal caregivers face health risks. One study by The Gerontologist found that caregivers were incrementally less likely to rate their health as fair throughout the 16-year observation period (decreasing from 32.8% in 1999 to 21.7% in 2015); this shift was more notable for spouses and other caregivers than adult children (Wolff et al., 2017, p. 1021). In other words, informal caregivers’ health worsened over time. There is a tremendous amount of research linking informal caregiver burden to depression, anxiety, and a variety of physiological issues.

  • Without home care assistance, informal care is a full-time job. In 1999, family, friends, and spouses dedicated an average of 47.5 hours per week to informal care duties (Wolff et al., 2017, p. 1028). That’s like taking on a full time job on top of all your current obligations. And it’s not just any job: as a family caregiver, the emotional stakes are high, and you always “take work home with you.” While caring for a loved one can be profoundly rewarding, the work can be stressful and demanding.

Find Respite With Home Care Assistance

When was the last time you cared for yourself?

Don’t have time? Make time, with home care assistance.

Always Best Care Clinton Township has helped hundreds of families in the Michigan area improve quality of life and alleviate the care burden. We provide a complete continuum of care, which means our team can help your loved one with everything from minor tasks of everyday living to medication reminders, hospital transportation, and cognitive impairment care. Every care plan is 100% customized to your unique needs, preferences, and budget, and all staff are thoroughly trained, vetted, and background checked.

With the help of our home care assistance team, families in Clinton Township, Michigan have mitigated health risks, repaired tense relationships, and made more time for memory-making.

Whether you need one day off each week to catch up on life, or want a comprehensive home care assistance plan, we can help. Get in touch online or call 586-203-2157 to learn more.

References

Wolff, J. L., Mulcahy, J., Huang, J., Roth, D. L., Covinsky, K., & Kasper, J. D. (2017). Family caregivers of older adults, 1999-2015: Trends in characteristics, circumstances, and role-related appraisal. The Gerontologist, 58(6), 1021-1032.

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