Caring for a loved one is the most rewarding and challenging act of service someone will undertake. It’s easy to become so wrapped up in the care aspect of caregiving that the caregiver forgets to take the time they need to rest and recharge. This is why respite care exists. Here is a brief overview of what respite care is, how in-home respite care allows caregivers to rest and recharge, and what types of care are available.
What is In-Home Respite Care?
An elderly loved one’s care needs don’t stop even if their family member or other caregiver needs a break. So another caregiver comes into the home to provide care for the loved one in the regular caregiver’s place and give them respite.
Recognizing the Need for Respite Care
Caregivers are people too. They are subject to the same stressors as everyone else. Unfortunately, many caregivers often miss the signs of fatigue that indicate that respite care is necessary. These signs can include:
- Sleep Issues
- Concentration Problems
- Problems with Health
Why In-Home Respite Care is the Solution
Every year, over 34 million adults provide care to the elderly and aren’t paid for it. Hiring an inhome caregiver for respite care for a few hours or a day can help a caregiver regain their energy, help them to relax and renew themselves for challenges ahead, and help them re-engage with family and friends. In short, hiring in-home respite care helps a caregiver give more effective care in the long run.
Types of In-Home Respite Care
Companion Care: A companion caregiver helps loved ones get essential tasks completed like shopping, cooking, light housekeeping, and laundry. They also engage your loved one by playing games with them, going for walks, or reading to them.
Personal care: A personal caregiver helps with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, grooming, dressing, preparing meals, and transferring. They also make sure medications are taken on schedule.
In-home respite care exists for a reason. If you’re a caregiver who experiencing fatigue, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. You’ll be a better caregiver to your loved one when you understand what your limits are.