When an elderly relative reaches a point in their life where they need assistance to live at home, many families will provide them with assistance themselves. Designating a family member to be an informal caregiver for the senior citizens in your family has its benefits. There is already a familiarity between the caregiver and the loved one receiving the care which can make your loved ones more comfortable. There is also a downside to having a family caregiver as this job is very demanding. Informal caregivers put in long hours caring for their relatives which can have a detrimental impact on their personal lives.
The long hours that family caregivers devote to caregiving leads to a lack of sleep, high stress, and little time to spend focusing on careers and their immediate families. There is also a high risk of adverse physical and mental health effects, including depression. If the caregiver is able to take some time off, they will be able to get some rest and devote time to their personal affairs which will improve their physical and mental well-being as well as their ability to provide effective care.
Assisting Hands Home Care can help family caregivers in Aurora, IL with our respite care services. We will send one of our certified caregivers to the home of your loved ones at scheduled times to relieve your family caregiver. With the time off, family caregivers can get some rest, tend to personal matters, and even enjoy leisure time with their friends and family while their loved ones are in the good hands of our caring and compassionate caregivers.
Trusted Respite Care – Short and Long Term
Scheduling regular time off for your family caregiver will not only benefit them by allowing them time to rest and do other things, but it will also benefit your loved one receiving the care. A well-rested family caregiver will have more energy to provide better care. If you or a relative is providing informal care for a loved one, you should consider these statistics:
- 65 million people in the U.S. are informal caregivers
- Two-thirds of informal caregivers are women
- One-fourth of family caregivers have fair to poor health due to the demands of the job
Giving the family caregiver some time off has been shown to be beneficial for everyone involved. Even if your family caregiver does not believe they need assistance, you should still consider the benefits of respite care.
Our Respite Care Services
Your family caregivers will be able to take time off guilt free knowing that your loved ones are in the care of our trained and certified caregivers. Our caregivers are committed to providing excellent care for your loved ones and will take over seamlessly in the absence of the family caregiver.
We will start by meeting with the family caregiver and the relatives receiving the care to evaluate the care needs of your loved ones. Our goal is to form a care plan that closely resembles the care already provided by the family caregiver to make the transition easier. We will also work out a schedule to plan the time off for the family caregiver. Our caregivers will always show up on time and provide the best possible care for your loved ones.
Your family caregivers will benefit in the following ways from our respite care services:
- Lower risk of depression
- Time to rest and catch up on sleep
- Lower stress
- Improved physical and mental health
- Time to devote to career and immediate family
The benefits of hiring a respite caregiver are numerous for both the family caregiver and your loved ones who need care. If your family caregiver in Aurora, IL needs assistance so they can take some time off, contact Assisting Hands Home Care to talk to our representatives about our respite care services. You can reach us at (630) 332-2203 for more information about these services.