When elderly relatives reach a point where they need daily care, many families will do what they can to provide care for their loved ones themselves. When this happens, families tend to choose one or two relatives to act as the in-home caregiver for their senior loved ones. There are benefits to having a family member provide home care because there is already a level of familiarity and comfort that can put your senior loved ones at ease about receiving care. A family caregiver also has a good understanding of your loved one’s condition and limitations.
While assuming the role of a family caregiver is noble, it is also a stressful job. Family caregivers often spend long hours caring for their loved ones which can lead to high stress levels and a lack of sleep. The amount of time the spend caregiving can also put a strain on their career and relationship with their immediate family. It is best for family caregivers to have some regular time off to get some rest and take care of their personal business.
Short Term Senior Care from Assisting Hands
At Assisting Hands Home Care, we provide respite care services to help family caregivers who care for their senior loved ones in Matteson, IL. Our caregiver will take the time to understand the type of care your family caregiver provides so we can take over seamlessly and ensure that your loved one receives quality care while the family caregiver takes time off.
Our respite caregivers have each passed a background check and completed training upon employment and they are licensed, bonded, and insured. You can expect the following from our in-home respite care services:
- Compassionate home care based on the care provided by the family caregiver to accommodate your loved one’s needs
- Care plan is similar to that of the family caregiver for uniformity
- Time off for the family caregiver so they can rest and manage their personal affairs
If you or a loved one is acting as a family caregiver and needs outside help, do not hesitate to contact Assisting Hands Home Care for our respite care services. Family caregivers are healthier and can provide better care for their loved ones when they get time off.
Importance of Respite Care for the Elderly
Respite care benefits your loved ones receiving care as well as the family caregiver. Family caregivers need time off to get adequate sleep and take care of themselves as a lack of sleep can lead to other health conditions. It is also common for the high stress of caregiving to cause family caregivers to struggle with depression. Respite care allows caregivers to avoid physical and mental burnout so they can provide a higher quality of care for their loved ones. With respite care, family caregivers can also devote time to their immediate families, careers, and other personal activities.
Respite care is important because it can help family caregivers take care of themselves. High stress and lack of sleep lead to physical health problems and issues like depression in around two-thirds of family caregivers. By taking care of their own health, family caregivers can ensure that they provide better care for their loved ones.
Family caregivers can expect the following benefits from respite care services:
- Regular time off
- Ability to rest and manage health
- More time to spend with spouse and kids
- Better physical and mental health
Call Assisting Hands for a Free In-Home Assessment
If you or someone in your family is providing care for an elderly loved one and could benefit from additional support, call Assisting Hands Home Care for our respite care services. We will set up a free in-home assessment to evaluate your loved one’s care needs and the type of care provided by the family caregiver. Give us a call at (708) 880-7711 to learn more or schedule an assessment for our respite care services in Matteson, IL.