NASHVILLE – The stress of caring for a loved one with special physical or emotion conditions can lead to an increased incidence of serious health issues for the caregiver, family breakups, and in some cases out-of-home placement of the individual with the disability.
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is urging individuals who care for a child or adult at home to take advantage of respite care services.
“Respite care is vitally important to caregivers who just need a break from the stress of caring for a loved one,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner of TDMHSAS. “Under constant stress, caregivers often experience loneliness, depression, and health issues which in some cases can result in the death of the caregiver.”
The State of Tennessee is considered a leader in respite care services for families of children with a serious emotional disturbance.