Respite care offers ease of burden for caregivers

Caring for someone at home with dementia or long-term disabilities is a full-time job, one that can really take a toll on the care-givers. The added stress can lead to depression or other serious illnesses.

Sometimes you just need a break, what's called respite care.

"So if you have a care giver, say who's providing 24/7 care to their spouse or their parent, you can imagine there would be points where they would need to get away and take of themselves. So respite means giving them that break by having a paid care giver come and take their place for a short duration," Ingrid McDonald with the AARP Washington says.

We have the Family Caregivers Support Program here in Washington State. They can point you to resources and support groups, as well as respite care.

Being a full-time at-home caregiver is something you really can't do alone. So don't be afraid to reach out and get help. It will give you a better quality of live and enable you to take better care of your loved-one.