November is National Family Caregivers month. Did you know there are more than 34 million unpaid caregivers in the United States providing care to those age 18 years and older? The majority of those unpaid caregivers are family caregivers. It’s important caregivers recognize they can’t do it all. In-home care services are a great way to help caregivers. Take a look at the benefits of in-home care.

1. Gives the caregiver a break

Just like everyone else, caregivers need a break, too. Caregivers give so much to others each day, but they need time for themselves, too. In-home care services provide respite to family caregivers, so they have time to take a break from their caregiving duties and re-energize.

2. Allows the caregiver to spend time with friends

Many caregivers don’t have time to socialize with their friends because they are focused on caring for their loved one. It’s important for caregivers to keep up with their personal relationships. Taking a few hours a week off from caregiving allows for more time to socialize with friends and family. In-home care services can help the caregiver have time to spend with friends and family.

3. Lowers health issues

Caregivers often experience chronic stress, which can lead to health issues including heart disease, headaches and depression. In-home care services help alleviate some of the stress caregivers may be experiencing.

4. Gives the caregiver time to complete their own tasks

Family caregivers are devoted to caring for their loved ones, so many times they don’t have time to complete their daily tasks. In-home care services can give the caregiver time to put his or her needs first and complete simple tasks like grocery shopping or cleaning.

5. Allows the caregiver to rest

Caregivers need rest, too. The chronic stress and irregular hours caregivers experience can lead to sleep issues. In-home care services can give caregivers the time they need to get back on a regular sleep schedule.

In many cases, in-home care services aren’t just a luxury, they are a necessity. Caring for a family member is an admirable task, but caregivers should remember it’s OK to ask for help. If you are interested in learning about our in-home care services, please contact us.