Family caregivers spend an average of 21 hours per week providing care for loved ones, and the average length of caring for a loved one is 4.6 years. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, 70 percent of working caregivers deal with work-related difficulties because of their demanding caregiving roles. The most common issues include rearranging work schedules, taking unpaid leave, turning down promotions, taking early retirement or even quitting work completely.*
With numbers like these, it’s hard to point out the positives in caregiving. No family has to wait until they receive news that their loved one’s needs have changed to start planning. In order to avoid family caregiver burnout, families can and should talk as early as possible to create a tentative plan that involves their parents’ wishes.
Many families choose to enlist help from an in-home senior care agency. If your loved one’s needs change quickly, the services will be tailored to fit their new needs. In-home care will provide care based around your schedule.
In-home care agencies carefully screen caregivers based on experience and specific skill sets. Agencies are committed to finding that perfect fit for your loved one so that the care needs are met in a safe environment.
When juggling the demands of work, family obligations and caregiving, respite care may be your answer. In-home senior care is designed to make life easier without sacrificing your loved one’s happiness or health. Make it a part of your loved one’s care plan and avoid family caregiver burnout.