For many individuals, the challenges of caring for an elderly, chronically ill, or disabled family member or loved one are simply a part of their daily lives. While many people draw a profound sense of pride and contentment from being able to provide care to their loved ones in need, when long term care is required, even caregivers need a break and deserve some time to rest and recharge every once in a while. It’s very important that you, as a caregiver, set aside some time to care for yourself to ensure your own well-being and that you are not over-extending yourself and getting rundown. Being a caregiver has its challenges and you need to be in the proper physical, spiritual, and emotional condition so you will be up to the challenges of being a caregiver for your loved one.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care is designed specifically to address these concerns; caregivers can find responsible, helpful, short-term assistance that is readily available and ready to work with them, step into their shoes, and temporarily assume the responsibilities of caregiver so you can take a much needed break. While there are many different forms of respite care available, the most popular types of in-home respite care include;
In-Home Respite Care – The most popular form of respite care, for obvious reasons, is in-home respite care. This lets the respite care provider learn the natural environment and routine of the patient, and usually enables them to provide the highest level of service and care. In-home respite care can be provided by a volunteer or family member, however, the most comprehensive and effective respite care is usually provided by a caregiver from a professional home care agency. These home care professionals are properly trained and are experienced in providing the type of care your loved one requires. Respite care services can last from a few hours to overnight, and may be arranged directly or through A Sacred Space Home Care Services. This popular respite care option enables the patient to remain in their own home, allowing them to feel safe, secure, and comfortable.
Emergency Respite Care – In the best case scenario, the caregiver will have plenty of time to prepare in advance, and can adequately make their own preparations for interim caregiving. However, this isn’t always the case; emergencies happen, even to caregivers. This is why A Sacred Space Home Care specializes in providing short-term respite caregivers on an emergency basis.
Adult Day Care Services – Every once in a while you may need the afternoon off. Maybe you have a doctor’s appointment, business meeting, or soccer game that you must attend. For these occasional times when substitute care is needed, temporary adult day care may be the answer. Adult day care is a type of temporary in-home care provided by A Sacred Space Home Care Services that can help bridge the gap for many families by providing a safe and nurturing environment for the patient during the day so the caregiver can go to work, attend a meeting or school function, and feel confident knowing that their loved one is being cared for in a safe, comfortable, and familiar environment.
When Do I Know that Respite Care is Needed?
Caregiving is a demanding job and no one is equipped to do it alone. Respite care provides short-term breaks that can relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in your life. If you are feeling tired, stressed, or anxious, it may be time to consider respite care.
Depending on your needs and the needs of your patient, you can select the most appropriate respite care model to fit your personal circumstances. Having a reliable, responsible respite care provider close at hand can really help provide you and your loved one with an extra layer of security and protection. Having regular respites from the duties of caregiving has been proven to have numerous physical and emotional benefits for the caregiver as well. It gives you time to rest and recharge your own personal batteries, while freeing you from the worry and stress of providing care on a day-to-day basis. Anyone that provides long term care to a loved one should investigate respite care as a supplemental care option.
No matter what your needs or circumstances are, A Sacred Space Home Care will be able to accommodate them, and provide you with respite care service that will fit your specific needs.