If you’re a caregiver, you have a lot of company; caregivers are 66 million strong in the United States.
While 60 percent of U.S. caregivers call the experience “very or extremely rewarding,” it takes its toll on the “carer.” The stress is commonly called caregiver syndrome. A 2007 study found two-thirds of the caregivers surveyed had increased anxiety or stress, about half had trouble sleeping and a fourth said they had new or worsening health problems. The Alzheimer’s Association provides good information about care for caregivers, even if dementia isn’t involved. The group strongly encourages caregivers to take their stress symptoms seriously, especially exhaustion, sleeplessness, or changes in appetite or behavior.
Part of managing stress is taking a break. A “short break” taken by caregivers is often called a respite. “Respite care” is temporary, short-term relief to those who are caring for people who can’t take care of themselves.
Most Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America communities offer respite care from a weekend to a few days to a few weeks. Choose Respite Care on the Comparison and Finder tool to learn more about the availability of respite care at a PMMA community near you.