Every year, there’s a list that appears on the Internet: “The Five (or ten or twelve) Most Stressful Jobs.” The jobs are predictable: firefighter, law enforcement officer, combat soldier and such. But there’s one that rarely, if ever makes the list, yet deserves to rank near or at the top — and that is a caregiver.
Anyone who is a caregiver, or even knows a caregiver, knows that it’s far more than a job; it’s a calling. Aside from the direct demands of medicines that need to be administered, medical equipment that needs to be checked, hygienic and dietary needs, there’s a never-ending onslaught of life events that require full attention.
Is the patient/loved one’s Advance Health Care Directive up to date? Is there an evacuation plan in place should a natural disaster occur? Should I have an accident, is there a competent and immediate backup to take my place? These thoughts and countless more never leave your mind and are always subject to change.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, “a substantial body of research shows that family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are themselves at risk.” Depression, frustration and exhaustion are common. Caregivers often ignore their own well-being in favor of caring for their loved one.
For the sake of your sanity and health you need to take a break. But how?
A respite care facility is designed to give you that break while ensuring your loved one is in competent and caring hands. Whether it’s a week off so you can take a much-needed vacation or a month that allows you to regroup and revitalize your own life, a respite care facility can be your solution and salvation.
Fox Subacute is a skilled nursing and respite care facility equipped to handle the most demanding cases including spinal cord and brain injury care. Contact us to find out more about respite care for your loved one — and you.