Respite Allows Caregivers a Break
If you are caring for a senior loved one or a spouse with a chronic illness, you already know that caregiving is an all-encompassing, around the clock role. This is especially true when the older loved one you care for lives alone or has Alzheimer’s disease. You may find yourself constantly worrying and wondering if they are safe when you can’t be there.
The stress providing caring for another creates can lead to a wide range of health problems. Caregivers are at higher risk for a variety of medical issues ranging from back problems to hypertension, depression and diabetes.
Respite care can offer you and your family a safe solution. Professional aides care for your senior loved one, allowing you the time you need to rest and care for yourself. It can also be an option when you want to take a vacation or enjoy a long weekend with your own children and spouse.
Services Offered by a Professional In-Home Care Agency
The services a non-medical in-home caregiver can provide include:
Assisting with grocery shopping or meal preparation
Housekeeping and laundry
Help with bathing, dressing and personal hygiene
Transportation to and from appointments
Support with errands and shopping needs
Companionship such as reading, playing games or helping to write letters
Most respite care providers are available to offer support a few hours a week or around the clock. The flexibility of respite services allows busy caregivers to have peace of mind knowing they have a back-up plan for a senior loved one’s care should the need arise.
Choosing an in-home care agency as a respite partner has other advantages over hiring a private caregiver, the primary one being reliability. Should the primary caregiver have a family emergency or become ill, the agency will have other caregivers available to fill in. This can allow adult children and family caregivers to relax and enjoy their time away.