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In the United States, millions of Americans provide informal care for their loved ones. This occurs most frequently when aging parents need help around the house and with day-to-day tasks. It is also common when a loved one has a disability, or recently had a surgery, that inhibits their ability to care for themselves.
While providing this care is a very noble thing to do, and something many do not give a second thought, it can wear on individuals over time. At Assisting Hands, we provide respite care services in Park Ridge, IL and the surrounding areas to help informal caregivers take time off from their never-ending duties.
Respite Care Park Ridge, IL
Many individuals providing informal care for a loved one consider it an obligation more than simply a task. But there are quite a few negative effects that providing this care can have on the caregiver over time. We will use the example of an adult providing care for their aging parent.
Many adults in this situation have a career, a family of their own, and other responsibilities that already restrict their free time. When they begin informal caregiving services, this limited free time is eaten up. This can quickly lead to excessive stress, lack of sleep, and declining health. Over 65 million Americans provide care for a family member, and roughly 25% of them are in poor health themselves. This simply shows there is no reason to feel guilty for wanting to take a break. At Assisting Hands, this is exactly what we offer with respite care.
Respite Caregivers in Park Ridge, IL
The overall purpose of respite care is to give informal caregivers a much needed and deserved break. To begin the process, we first sit down with these individuals to learn what exactly they provide for their loved one, and what details are required. We also prepare an appropriate schedule and care plan for either a short-term or long-term reprieve.
When providing care, you can expect the following:
- Lower risks of depression
- Services that work around your schedule
- Reduced stress
- Greater energy and peace of mind
You are not alone in needing a break from providing informal care. We are happy to address any of your questions or concerns and are proud to service those in need in Park Ridge, IL.
Our Assisting Hands caregivers are highly trained and qualified to provide comprehensive, non-medical care for your loved one. To learn more about how our respite care services can benefit you, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (847) 796-6685.
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