When people reach old age, they may require home care to safely and effectively live their everyday lives. Some elderly individuals may receive such care from relatives. Some elderly individuals may have relatives who want to help but don’t have the time or resources to do so. In such cases, seniors may get care from professional caregivers. But even seniors who have a family caregiver cannot realistically receive effective full-time care from their relatives. This is where respite care services can be of particular help.
Read on to learn more about senior respite care, its benefits, and when it’s needed.
What is Senior Respite Care?
Senior respite care is temporary care provided to an elderly individual either at their own home, nursing home, or assisted living facility. The care can last for anywhere between a couple hours each day to a few days to several weeks. It all depends on the client’s needs and the family caregiver’s schedule. Respite care is used to support family caregivers by providing them with necessary time off. Respite care is also sometimes used if a senior needs assistance recovering from an illness, hospital visit, or other health concerns.
With respite care services, a professional caregiver assists the individual in need, taking the responsibilities of the family caregiver. This allows the family caregiver to take a break to rest, relax, and/or take the time to address any personal matters.
When is Senior Respite Care Needed?
Senior respite care is needed when family caregivers have scheduling conflicts that prevent them from providing care or if they simply need a break. Not all elderly individuals who require care have a family caregiver, so not all seniors will need to get help from a respite caregiver. However, if an elderly individual does have a family member who provides care for them, respite care should be used at some point. Otherwise, the family caregiver will likely experience burnout and become unable to effectively provide care to their elderly relative, which is something you never want for your loved one.
What are the Benefits of Senior Respite Care?
With respite care, family caregivers can benefit in numerous ways. This is because caregiving is a demanding responsibility to take on. When family members take it upon themselves to be a caregiver for an elderly loved one, it can be like having a second job. Care needs increase, so the time family caregivers need to spend providing help increases, too. This takes time away from getting to do leisurely activities, rest and relax, and take care of personal matters.
Some family caregivers may feel guilty for taking time for themselves, so they won’t and will instead provide whatever care their loved one needs. Furthermore, family caregivers can easily become stressed and lack sleep. In fact, many family caregivers will experience health concerns—both mental and physical—because they don’t have the time to take care of themselves. Among the health problems family caregivers can experience are anxiety, depression, exhaustion, irritability, and more.
Respite care allows family caregivers to rest up and be reenergized for whenever they return to their caregiving duties. They can spend time with family and friends and take care of any necessary personal matters. Family caregivers can enjoy themselves, relax, and take a much-needed vacation. The time away from caregiving allows family caregivers to decrease their stress levels, which will help with their health.
Because the family caregiver can take a break, they will return to the caregiving responsibilities in a refreshed, relaxed, re-energized manner. As such, the elderly individual receiving care will continue to receive quality care from their relatives. The client can also benefit from the companionship and exceptional care that the respite caregiver provides.
Seeking Senior Respite Care Services
If you act as a family caregiver to an elderly relative or if you have an elderly loved one who receives care from a family caregiver, then you should consider hiring respite care services to allow the family caregiver time off. It’s important that family caregivers get breaks so that they can get proper rest and maintain the energy levels needed to provide effective care.
At Assisting Hands Home Care, we provide respite care as part of our non-medical home health care services. We know how demanding caregiving can be, which is exactly why we want to help the family caregiver and their elderly loved one through our respite care services. With our respite care services, we will ensure your elderly relative continues to receive quality care while the family caregiver is away by providing them with one of our caregivers. The caregivers we employ at Assisting Hands are all well-trained and properly bonded, insured, and licensed. That said, you can trust our caregivers to provide exceptional care and companionship to your elderly loved one while the family caregivers get a necessary, deserved break.