Caregiver Stress

There may be multiple doctors appointments and referrals, medications and medications changes, new symptoms, family time management, working full- or part-time, money challenges and so much more that can really take a toll. While you may feel that you have to just push through the stressful feelings and situations, it is important to take a step back and learn how to cope with the stress in a healthy and skillful way.

We recommend these great resources as a place to start!

Respite Care and Room to Breathe

Respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. Whether it is just one morning or a few days a week, care can be provided in-home by healthcare professionals. While it may be hard to take a break for your benefit, respite care can also benefit the person you’re caring for by providing them with variety, stimulation, and a welcome change of routine.

There are many specialized agencies that can be utilized, insurance coverage and costs of the services may be your biggest hurdle. Medicare, Medicaid and long-term insurance policies may help cover the costs; check your policy or speak with your insurance specialist to find your out-of-pocket costs.

If funds are a challenge, you may be able to find relief with faith-based groups, family, friends or neighbors who are willing to help.