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Across the United States, millions of families provide informal caregiving services for loved ones that are mentally or physically unable to care for themselves. However, this can take a significant toll when these services must be performed on top of careers and personal lives. At Assisting Hands Home Care, we provide respite care services to residents of Harwood Heights, IL, to give these informal caregivers a much-needed break.
The Effects of Informal Caregiving
When family members of loved ones in need provide caregiving services, it is referred to as informal caregiving. This is simply because they are not professional caregivers, and they are not getting paid to provide these services. While caring for a loved one in need is certainly admirable, it can take a significant toll on the ones providing the assistance. This is represented in the data below:
- Over 65 million Americans provide informal caregiving services for a loved one in need
- Roughly 2/3 of all informal caregivers are women
- Roughly 25% of informal caregivers are in poor health themselves
The final bullet point may seem shocking, but it can be explained rather simply. Many informal caregivers have a family of their own to provide for (such as small children), as well as a regular day-job. When caregiving services are thrown in, it can be difficult to find the time required to provide adequate care. This leads to excessive stress, lack of sleep, and similar complications.
Respite Care Services – How We Can Help
At Assisting Hands Home Care, we offer informal caregivers respite care services. This simply means that we will take some of the burden of providing care for your loved one whenever you need it. If you want to go on a short vacation, we can assume all of your in-home, non-medical caregiving duties until you return. If you would like us to swing by for a few hours each day while you spend time with your immediate family members, we can do this, as well. Our respite care services are fully customizable to fit your unique needs.
We begin our services by defining what exactly you need from us. This is when we will create a care plan and schedule. When we say “non-medical caregiving services”, it means that we cannot give shots or change bandages, but we can prepare meals, help your loved one bathe, assist with general transportation, etc. All of our caregivers are bonded and insured to provide these services.
Through our respite care services, it is our goal to give informal caregivers greater peace of mind, reduced stress, and lower risks of depression. To speak with an Assisting Hands Home Care representative, simply call (847) 915-6186. We are happy to address any of your questions or concerns and are proud to service those in need in Harwood Heights, IL area.
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