Home Care Blog>In Home Care | December 15, 2019
Is It Time For In Home Care? | One of the many services Comfort Keepers offers is respite care. When your loved one is still living in their own home, a family member often takes the role of caregiver. Caring for a loved one is a full-time job, and sometimes, family members can start to feel burnt out. When this happens, bringing in a respite caregiver can be a great option to allow the family member some time to relax.
Family members who care for their loved one take on a lot of stress, which can impact them emotionally and physically. In fact, this stress can cause problems like anxiety, depression, and even some chronic illnesses like heart disease. Many family members have to sacrifice parts of their life, including their career and hobbies. They may feel unable to step away and even guilty about leaving their loved one, in case something were to happen. And when a caregiver starts to feel burnt out and stressed, their quality of care is likely going to suffer.
It’s important that a primary caregiver gets the care they need in order to continue to be a good caregiver. A respite caregiver can take on the responsibilities of a primary caregiver for anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. Whether the primary caregiver needs just a little bit of time each week for themselves or needs an extended vacation, respite caregivers are trained to give high quality assistance to seniors.
At Comfort Keepers®, we know the hard work that is put into caregiving, which is one of the many reasons we offer respite care. We value the safety and comfort of not only our seniors but their family members as well. Warning signs of high stress include changes in appetite, irritability, chronic fatigue, feeling sad or hopeless, losing interest in things they used to love, and even physical pain. If a family member who cares for your loved one is showing signs of anxiety, depression, or other common health conditions, talk to them about getting a respite caregiver who can give them some time for themselves. If you’re the primary caregiver, take some time once a week to evaluate how you’re feeling. If you think you would benefit from some relaxation, consider working with a respite caregiver.
Our caregivers at Comfort Keepers can assist with a variety of non-medical tasks in the home, including light housework, cooking and feeding, bathing and toileting, and companionship. Many seniors even enjoy their visits from their respite caregiver, especially if they don’t usually get many visitors. With one of our respite caregivers, you can be sure that your loved one is in good hands.