It has become common for family members to take it upon themselves to provide care for elderly relatives or relatives who are disabled or sick. While admirable, being a caregiver for elderly family members is a demanding responsibility that has been known to have negative effects for family caregivers and their health.
Family caregivers tend to put their own well-being aside, prioritizing the care they provide for elderly family members. This can cause family caregivers to become very stressed and in desperate need of rest, but they may also feel guilty about trying to take time for themselves. However, they shouldn’t feel guilty about helping themselves with outside assistance, so they can take the breaks they need and deserve.
Assisting Hands Home Care – Chicago can help with this through the respite care services we provide in Wheaton, IL and throughout DuPage County. We will work with you and your loved ones to create a care plan and schedule that relieves the family caregiver so they can take some time off. Our respite care services can be covered through your loved one’s long term care insurance.
Short-Term and Long-Term Respite Care for Seniors
With our respite care services, we collaborate with the client and the family caregiver to develop a care schedule that works for everyone involved. We will also form a care plan to ensure that our caregiver takes over seamlessly for the family caregiver and provides the type of care your loved ones need.
Family caregivers need to give themselves time off to relax and address personal matters, as evidenced by the following numbers:
- More than 65 million Americans provide a relative with informal care services.
- Of the 65-million-plus informal caregivers in the U.S., 2/3 are female caregivers.
- Additionally, approximately 1/4 of these family caregivers have physical and mental health problems with one example being depression.
Health problems that family caregivers suffer from are often a result of the stressful and demanding nature of being a caregiver. Being available to an elderly relative in need all the time is a difficult thing to do in addition to working and caring for his/her family.
Furthermore, the high stress levels and lack of sleep increase the risk of negative health effects or depression. Simply put, it just isn’t always possible for family caregivers to do it all.
Reliable Respite Care Services from Experienced Home Aides
With respite care services from Assisting Hands Home Care – Chicago, we relieve family caregivers of their caregiving responsibilities to give them time to rest, relax, and attend to personal matters guilt-free. This also allows them to return to their caregiving responsibilities, relaxed, refreshed, and well-rested.
We collaborate with the family caregiver to develop a schedule, giving you and your family peace of mind while the family caregiver takes time off.
Our respite care services include the following benefits for family caregivers:
- A lessened risk for depression
- Lower stress levels
- Increased energy levels
- Scheduled breaks on a one-day or multiple-day basis
Contact Assisting Hands Home Care – Chicago for our respite care services in Wheaton, IL, if your family caregiver needs assistance with caring for an elderly relative. We have skilled caregivers who provide exceptional care and companionship for your elderly loved ones and a necessary break for family caregivers.