Caregiving is a full-time job, even if it’s not your only full-time job! Having a loved one who depends on your care is a rewarding, but time-consuming experience, and caring for a loved one with a disability presents its own unique challenges – heavy lifting, strict medication regimens, equipment maintenance, etc. Sometimes, caregivers of disabled individuals reach a state of caregiver burnout, focusing all time and attention to providing care, and little time on caring for themselves. Providing the best care and most opportunities for a person with disabilities means finding a balance between caregiving and caring for yourself.
As a family caregiver, do you ever feel as though:
- You’re not getting enough sleep at night?
- You’ve lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy?
- You’re not happy?
- You’re hopeless about the future?
- You’re constantly overwhelmed?
If you experience these feelings on a regular basis, you may also be experiencing caregiver burnout. It’s easy to lose yourself to caring for someone else, but effective, sustainable caregiving depends on meeting your needs as well as your loved one’s. As a caregiver, you need:
- Time for yourself
- Periodic respite to help you recuperate and care for you!
Respite care, from an agency like Genacta In-Home Care, can provide the rest and support you need to help ensure you are mentally, physically, and emotionally primed to deliver the best possible care to your loved one. With our respite care services, Genacta In-Home Care can help you care for a family member with a disability any time you need a break. Contact us for more information.
For more resources on providing care for a person with disabilities, click here.