November 2015 is observed as the National Family Caregivers Month. The theme for this year is “Respite: Care for Caregivers“.
Per Family Caregiver Alliance, California, about 44 million Americans provide 37 billion hours of unpaid, “informal” care each year for adult family members and friends with chronic illnesses or conditions that prevent them from handling daily activities such as bathing, managing medications or preparing meals on their own. Family caregivers, particularly women, provide over 75% of caregiving support in the United States. In 2007, the estimated economic value of family caregivers’ unpaid contributions was at least $375 billion, which is how much it would cost to replace that care with paid services.
Per Caregiver Action Network (formerly known as National Family Caregivers Association), Respite – the chance to take a breather, the opportunity to re-energize – is as important as any other item on a caregiver’s to-do list.
People think of respite as a luxury, but considering caregivers’ increased risk for health issues from chronic stress, those risks are a lot costlier than some time away to recharge. Respite is the key to caregiver’s own well-being. Respite protects caregivers’ health, strengthens family relationships, and prevents burn-out. No wonder respite is one of the most frequently requested support services for family caregivers.
Carevium’s family caregiver app aids family caregivers to keep track of their loved ones’ care needs and coordinate with professional caregivers from home care service organizations. Carevium provides peace of mind for family members knowing that their loved ones are taken care of by the respite caregivers.
Family caregivers can avail respite care by employing private duty non-medical home care aides from home care agencies or opting for senior’s short term, temporary stay at assisted living communities in their neighborhood.