Taking over the role as primary caregiver for an older, injured or dependent loved one is an honorable thing. In some families, it’s not a responsibility everyone is especially excited to take on. Kudos to you for stepping up to care for your loved one.
Often, the bulk of the caregiving falls mostly on one or two people who are already busy raising their own families, working full-time jobs and trying to find time for themselves. Many caregivers would be quick to say that the experience has its blessings and that it’s a labor of love. But if they are completely honest, they’d also admit that it’s stressful, frustrating and simply exhausting at times.
Feeling worn out is normal
Even the most energetic and driven person can run out of gas at some point. And when you do, illness, frustration, and other health issues may limit your effectiveness to be the best caregiver, spouse, parent, friend or worker you can be.
Everyone needs a break. When it comes to caregiving, it is especially important – for both the caregiver and the one receiving care. The good news is that it is possible, thanks to respite care.
What is respite care?
Respite care is designed to relieve caregivers from the demands of caregiving for a few hours, days or even weeks. This break can be especially important around the holidays when an already hectic schedule can become downright crazy.
Asking for relief from family, friends, neighbors or professional caregivers should not make you feel guilty. In fact, taking time away will allow you an opportunity to re-energize, accomplish things on your to-do list, and avoid feeling burnt out. When you return to your regular caregiving schedule, you’ll be better equipped to do what needs to be done with a cheerful heart.
That all sounds great, but where will you find someone to provide that respite care? If you are unable to find someone you know to lend a hand while you take a break, don’t give up hope. There are professional home care specialists, like AmeriCare HomeCare, who can help.
While you take time to recharge and turn your attention to your own family, you can have peace of mind that your loved one is getting great care. Our respite care for your loved one includes:
Our caregivers provide personalized, hands-on assistance with a large variety of daily activities. We can help with errands, light housekeeping, bathing and hygiene, reading assistance, laundry and many more personal care services.
Sometimes your loved one can feel lonely and just needs some company while you’re not there. Our caregivers can be that friend. Our professionals can provide companionship by watching movies, playing cards, having friendly conversations and much more.
Did your loved one just have surgery or a medical procedure done? We can assist in providing care during those weeks after the surgery or procedure. We can offer non-medical, personalized care and support so your loved one can rest and have a full recovery. We can work with family members, doctors and hospitals to make sure all your needs will be met.
During this busy holiday season, give yourself – and your loved one – the gift of respite care. The time off will benefit you physically, mentally and emotionally. When you return to your loved one, you’ll have the energy to be a better caregiver, and that will ultimately benefit your loved one.