Taking care of family is nothing new, we've done so for centuries. But in our modern world, family households have become smaller and traditional support networks are not as robust. It has become harder to rely on extended family or neighbors for support and this can make caring for a disabled or aging loved one much more difficult. In a 2010 survey by the National Alliance for Caregiving and United Health Foundation, nearly 88% of military caregivers reported increased stress or anxiety as a result of caregiving and only 47% reported having a support network.
"Caregiver burnout" is a very real and common occurrence. It is often the result of caregivers neglecting their own physical, mental, and spiritual needs. Burnout can be further compounded by the guilt one may feel for spending time on themselves and not with their loved one.
At Legacy Corps we want caregivers to know that having time to themselves, even if just a few times a week, is not a luxury but a necessity. Legacy Corps volunteers are here to help by providing respite care, companionship for your loved one so you can take a break. Volunteers go through a careful selection and screening process and are required to complete 20 hours of training before being assigned to a family.
If you are part of a military and/or veteran connected family and you are in need of respite care, please contact us for more information and a free consultation.