Respite Care: When the Caregiver Needs a Break

More and more adult professionals are faced with the challenge of juggling a job and caring for an ill or aging loved one. Research clearly indicates that the stress of caregiving can lead to serious health consequences which can then leave the caregiver in an even more precarious situation of not being well enough to look after their loved one.

At Kingsley Adult Day Care, we know that caregiver burnout is real, and we take pride in being a resource for families by offering support and affordable respite care. Exhausted caregivers burning the candle at both ends commonly suffer from depression and anxiety, weakened immune function and bouts of alcohol and drug abuse.  A prime example involves the care of Alzheimer's patients. We know that the vast majority of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease are cared for at home by family members. In fact, an estimated 25-29% of caregivers of adults 50 years of age or older provide assistance to someone with a cognitive impairment, a memory problem, or a disorder like Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Providing care for individuals with dementia imposes a huge expectation of family caregivers, many of whom find themselves “on-call” 24/7 in addition to professional and other family obligations.

One of the primary reasons that caregivers give for not seeking help is guilt. It’s hard to admit that you need a break, and it can be even harder if you find yourself needing a break from caring for someone you love. Caregiver guilt can feed into your loved-one feeling like a burden, propelling a cycle of anxiety and stress for you both.

Sound familiar? We can help.

First, understand that you are not alone!  Twenty percent of the American population provide regular care or assistance to a family member or friend with a disability or health problem. Nearly 6 million people over age 65 receive home health services for acute and chronic health conditions. These numbers are expected to grow as the demand for family caregivers increases in the years ahead. The number of family caregivers is expected to increase by 85% from 2000 to 2050. That’s a lot of potential burnout.

Caregivers should never ignore their own health and well-being while caring for an ill, frail, or elderly loved one. When expensive nursing homes or assisted living aren’t an option, day programs like Kingsley Adult Day Care offer affordable options to help alleviate the stress of caregiving for a few hours, a whole day, or on a customized schedule just for you.

Kingsley Adult Day Care operates Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4:40pm in a new facility located in the Irish Channel, between Tchoupitoulas and Magazine Street. We offer two meals a day, snacks, and programming to keep our adult day care participants energized and happy. Kingsley Adult Day Care also has a qualified medical staff at the ready to provide ongoing health monitoring and medication management. Our 24,000 sq. ft. facility on the Patrick F. Taylor campus, just across the street from Kingsley House, has plenty of room for recreation and relaxation during the day. Program participants can socialize in our large community room or read quietly in our meditation room. Workstations and gaming consoles in our technology room are always available for seniors who would like to surf the web or play a round of Wii Sports during the day, and our chef and kitchen staff provide breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

When your loved one needs quality care and you need a break, we are here for you. Come take a tour of Kingsley Adult Day Care and see for yourself! Give us a call at 504-523-6224 or email us at info@kingsleycares.org.