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When Do You Know You Need Respite from Caregiving?

To provide your loved one with the best home care possible, you need to make sure you take care of yourself as well. If you are experiencing any of the following physical or emotional symptoms, you may have what is known as caregiver burnout and could benefit from Bridgewater respite care.

You Are Getting Sick More Often Than Normal

Stress doesn’t just raise blood pressure. In a 2004 study, research participants developed weakened immune systems because of suppressed cells that resulted from chronic stress. If you seem to be getting colds more often than usual or are taking longer to get over illnesses, take some time to rejuvenate.

You Regularly Feel Angry, Sad, or Anxious

While everyone occasionally feels sad or angry, experiencing these emotions often could be a sign of depression or other mental health problems. Family caregivers in Bridgewater and the rest of the world are at a high risk for developing depression. If you are feeling this way, talk to a doctor about what can be done and find others who can help care for your loved one while you get the help you need.

You No Longer Enjoy Favorite Activities

You may attribute not wanting to exercise, play sports, or read anymore to your busy caregiving schedule, but if you find yourself no longer drawn to activities you used to enjoy, you may be experiencing caregiver burnout. Take the time to explore these activities once more or try a new hobby or sport.

You Withdraw from Other Family Members and Friends

When caring for someone else, spending time with other family members and friends may be the last thing on your mind. If it’s been awhile since you have spent time with others, schedule a night out with friends or a weekend for just family. Talking and laughing with others may be just the thing you need to continue providing your loved one with the best care possible.

Taking a break from your caregiving duties can give you a chance to recharge and provide better care for your loved one in the future. When you need temporary relief for a few hours throughout the day or for a weekend to take a vacation, Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to assist your loved one with a wide variety of daily tasks, including exercise, cooking, cleaning, and bathing. For more information on elderly home care Bridgewater families trust, please call one of our friendly Care Managers today at 908.450.9400 to schedule a complimentary consultation.