Mother’s Day is almost here and honoring these most important ladies in our lives should be top of mind. Mother’s Day to most might mean flowers and brunch, but have you thought about how to relieve stress for the mother(s) in your life?
Too often mothers get run down and even sick because they have not taken time out for themselves. Being pulled in many, many directions, including caring for their own mothers, may seem a right of passage. However, many of those mothers are neglecting their own needs, putting their elderly mothers at risk.
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, approximately 67% of family caregivers are women and most care recipients are also women (68%) and are the mothers of their caregivers. Social workers report that the majority of family caregivers are not prepared for many aspects of their aging relatives’ care, including the financial burden, the amount of time it takes to provide care and the emotional toll it can take on their own nuclear family.
Effective, sustainable caregiving depends on meeting caregiving women’s needs for nurture, reassurance, support and respite. By accepting respite care from an in-home care agency, women can better concentrate on also being a daughter, a mother, and a spouse.
As a Mother’s Day gift this year, encourage your wife, mother or friends to accept outside caregiving help. Help them by sharing that taking a break is not an act of selfishness. It is actually an act of great giving.
Whether for a few hours a day or as an ongoing relief, whenever respite is needed, Live Free Home Health Care in the Concord area can be there. Contact Live Free Home Health Care today at 603-217-0149 to find out how easy and comforting extra care in the home can be.