Respite for the Caregiver

Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12) is a lifelong standard set by the Lord. This command requires great discipline. From early childhood we learn that there are consequences when we don’t listen to dad and mom, and so we submit to their authority. As we mature into grown-ups, honor takes on a new look. Caring for our elders becomes the responsibility of every adult child. This worthy endeavor comes in a plethora of care packages.

The most common approach is to welcome them into our home. We may move them into an in-law suite or simply rearrange our own living space to accommodate. Either way, it is an honorable and loving thing to do. Now, for the disclosure.

Serving as a primary caregiver is a demanding role. Fatigue easily sets in. Personal responsibilities and obligations get put on hold.  Burnout becomes inevitable. So, what is the solution?

Respite care providers offer temporary overnight services in a residential care environment. Although support in activities of daily living may vary between facilities, it generally includes meals, medication supervision, hygiene support, and assistance with household tasks. This provides the caregiver with some much needed physical and emotional relief yet allows them to maintain confidence their loved ones are well cared for.

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