DO YOU KNOW A FAMILY CAREGIVER?
For their health, suggest a break from caregiving —and tell them not to feel guilty about it!
BENEFITS OF TAKING TIME OFF
Relief from caregiving can benefit the caregiver and the loved one they care for. Experts say that planned, periodic breaks can make people better caregivers. Research shows they may experience:
- More energy
- Improved attitude
- Better perspective
- Decreased likelihood of depression
- Pleasure and social interaction
- Less resentment
- Renewed sense of purpose
MOM OR DAD WILL BE FINE
Family caregivers can trust their loved one’s care to Pathways—a name you can depend on. In 2013, 99% of all respondents to Pathways Private Duty client surveys noted Pathways met or exceeded their expectations.
THE HEAVY TOLL OF CAREGIVING
- “I feel like I’m falling apart”
- “I don’t know how much longer I can do this”
- “The stress is getting to me”
- “I’m worried sick”
These expressions by caregivers aren’t exaggerated—the stress of being a caregiver may be making them sick. Stress takes a tremendous toll on physical health and psyche.
- HIGHER MORTALITY: A study published in JAMA a few years ago found elderly caregiving spouses who experienced strain had a 63% higher risk of death compared to a control group.
- SLEEP DEPRIVATION: Many studies have established that as many as 51% of caregivers with high levels of responsibilities reported sleeplessness.
- DEPRESSION: Family caregivers are more than twice as like to have depression as the general population, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
- CHRONIC ILLNESS: 45% of caregivers report chronic conditions compared with 24% for others, according to the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey.
Let family caregivers know that taking time off will keep them healthier and make them even better caregivers. Let them know about Pathways Private Duty.