Caring for the Caregiver
The demands of caregiving can be overwhelming, especially if you have little to no control over your situation. The amount of stress a caregiver can face, if left unchecked, can take a toll on your emotional, mental, and physical being.
One of the primary goals of respite is to alleviate caregiver stress to avoid burnout and encourage taking time to rest and recharge. Managing the stress levels in your life is just as important as the level of care you provide your loved ones.
The Illinois Respite Coalition remains dedicated to assisting caregivers, whether it is connecting a caregiver to a support group or respite in their area or providing funding for emergency respite care; the IRC wants to provide as much support to caregivers as possible.
Caregiver Stress Relief
Everybody experiences stress, but caregiver stress can be particularly difficult as it is typically a chronic, long-term challenge. Stress is the body's natural reaction to tension, pressure, and change. For the sake of your health, safety, and happiness, it is important to recognize and manage stress before it gets the best of you. We have a handout including the different signs of stress and twenty ways to manage stress included here to help you avoid burnout.
If there is any additional information you would like us to include or cover, please do not hesitate to contact us at 866-455-7377 ext. 101 or ext. 103 for Spanish-speakers or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated October 2022 by the Illinois Respite Coalition
CONTACT THE IRC
Toll-Free Statewide Respite Phone: 866-ILL-RESP or 866-455-7377
Fax: (224) 616-3054