When aging loved ones require some type of care in their later years, it’s common for a family member to step in and help. Regardless of whether you have your own family to attend to, and most likely, a career to maintain, it seems like it’s only natural to find a way to juggle all your responsibilities while providing the assistance your loved one needs to thrive.
According to the Vanier Institute of the Family, it’s reported that over eight million Canadians have provided care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, disability or aging need over the past year. While caregiving does provide a variety of benefits to all parties involved, including strengthened relationships and a feeling of purpose, there are certain challenges all family caregivers will face throughout their caregiving journey.
There’s no doubt that caring for an aging family member can be a rewarding experience. However, while each experience is different, caregivers often report feeling overwhelmed, anxious or intimidated by some of the daily tasks they must complete. A few of the challenges family caregivers may face at one time or another include:
It’s important to recognize that as a family caregiver, you’re doing the best you possibly can. When you’re putting so much effort into your caregiving duties, you may start to neglect your own well-being, which can negatively impact your physical, emotional, mental and financial health.
This is where seeking caregiver support or respite care services become vital to staying healthy and enjoying a high quality of life. Respire care or a short-term stay at an assisted living community can provide a temporary break from your caregiving duties so you can attend to your own needs, like run errands, visit the doctor or take a vacation. Additionally, joining a caregiver support group can also be extremely beneficial to your health, as you’ll have the opportunity to meet and share knowledge with others going through similar experiences.
Find numerous types of short-term stays to meet your every need at Symphony Senior Living. Our high-quality respite care services provide peace of mind when you need it most, with a trained, professional staff on call 24/7 to assist you or your loved one. Plus, residents enjoying a short-term stay also have access to all the amenities available at our communities to ensure the highest quality of life. To learn more about the options for a short-term respite care stay at our vibrant senior living communities, please contact us today.