In-home respite will help improve the quality of life for clients and give a needed break to their caregivers. These services have been shown to help delay placement in nursing homes and improve quality of life by reducing client’s loneliness and depression and maintaining their cognitive and physical well-being for as long as possible.
- Loved ones often spend many years in the caregiving role as patients live an average of eight years after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis; some live as long as 20 years.
- Alzheimer’s disease patients often exhibit unpredictable and often-dangerous behavior, such as verbal and physical aggression, combativeness and wandering, making the provision of care challenging and stressful.
- Often, caregivers also must cope with their own grief while caring 24/7 for their loved one. Mental health issues such as depression, isolation, grief, sleep disorders, and emotional stress are reported in about one-third of caregivers.