Respite Care: Fight the Burnout of Caregiving

Respite Care: Fight the Burnout of Caregiving

Mercy Crest knows that primary caregivers frequently suffer from the emotional and physical impact of their duties. In general, caregivers are susceptible to burnout, fatigue, and depression. Because of this, primary caregivers need a strong support system to help them navigate this journey. Our Respite Care service is one way we help fight the burnout of caregiving. 

What is Respite Care? 

Respite Care is different from traditional Assisted Living Care as it provides temporary care instead of long-term care. Mercy Crests’ Respite Care gives the primary caregiver an opportunity to take a break, go on a vacation, or attend a family event. They can be at peace without worrying about their loved one. 

What does daily care look like? 

Our staff at Mercy Crest administers medications and helps your loved one with daily physical and emotional needs. During their stay, clients in respite care get three full meals a day, prepared in our kitchen with some food grown in our own gardens. In addition, they can also enjoy socializing and activities with others. It’s no secret, one of the biggest battles in aging is loneliness. Those who visit Mercy Crest for respite care may suffer from Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other physical and mental disabilities. Likewise, the physical or cognitive limitations of the individual do not prevent us from helping them stay comfortable and happy while they are visiting us.

The Rising Need for Support

Did you know that National studies reveal that 1 in 4 of all American families provide care to someone 50 years or older? These numbers will increase over the next 5-10 years; this will place more pressure on relatives to care for their aging family member. Another assessment by the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs showed that about 9.4 million children have special health care needs. The families of these children still need to work, manage their households, and met the demands of life. They do all this while juggling their child’s healthcare needs. Respite Care helps fight the burnout of caregiving.

Why Mercy Crest?

We believe in creating a better system to help support caregivers. In addition, Mercy Crest has been providing Respite Care to Fort Smith, Barling, and the River Valley for over five years. We love being able to help families feel confident and at peace with the care they provide for their loved one.

If you or someone you know is a primary caregiver, please remember that your needs and wellbeing are important. Your feelings are valid. And if you are seeking support, consider Mercy Crest Respite Care as an option. Call our front desk at (479) 478-3000 or email us at to learn more about what we have to offer. For more information on our other services, click here.


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