Respite ... We all need a break sometime!
November 15, 2015
"I'm here for you."
Those four small words provide solace to that special someone who desperately needs help.
Maybe you're a devoted wife caring for a husband who has broken his hip. Or a child, helping your parents navigate the treacherous world of Alzheimer's. Perhaps you're the lifeline for an elderly neighbor, friend or loved one who is battling cancer.
You enjoy helping them. They're relieved to have someone they can count on. But those few days you set aside to help have turned into weeks – or maybe months.
There aren't enough hours in the day to help them – and take care of your own family. It's taking its toll: You're exhausted. Maybe even angry. You feel guilty. Frustrated. Depressed. But telling them you can't help? Not an option.
Sound familiar? You aren't alone. These feelings have a name: caregiver stress syndrome. And it's so prevalent medical experts like the Mayo Clinic have devoted articles to the phenomena.
"As a caregiver, you may be so focused on your loved one that you don't realize that your own health and well-being are suffering," warns an article on their website. "Watch for these signs of caregiver stress: Feeling tired most of the time. Feeling overwhelmed and irritable. Sleeping too much or too little. Gaining or losing a lot of weight. Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy."
Their advice? For one, take a break. "Make an effort to stay emotionally connected with family and friends. Set aside time each week for socializing, even if it's just a walk with a friend. Whenever possible, make plans that get you out of the house."
The Alzheimer's Organization dispenses similar guidance: "As a caregiver, it's hard to find time for yourself, but staying connected to friends, family and activities that you love is important for your well-being. Even if it's only 30 minutes a week, carve out a pocket of time just for yourself."
But how do you leave a loved one alone without feeling guilty or worrying about their safety? We've got a solution that gives you freedom and peace of mind that your loved one will be safe.
Our medical alert systems and personal medical alert systems are inexpensive, easy to use – and foolproof. If your loved one needs assistance while you're away – anything from help finding their medicine to a slip and fall – we can alert you, a friend, family member, neighbor, doctor and/or paramedics – all with the touch of one button.
Our monitoring center operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from a state-of-the-art facility - and our operators are specially trained to respond to any emergency while our customer service staff frequently tests medical alerts systems, ensuring they're working properly.
We've provided peace of mind for many people, including PJ, who sent us this testimonial:
"One of the great things about Personal Response is that it keeps the family informed. The Personal Response operator stays on the line (until help arrives), and then she calls the family to let us know there has been an accident. Without Personal Response, if Mom had just called 911, it would have been hours before the hospital called us and we even knew there was a problem."
Like PJ, we can't always be with our loved ones 24/7, but we need to make sure they are safe. Personal medical alert systems
can provide that feeling of relief.