We all need a break once in awhile. Even the most beautiful place on earth grows tiring when you’re living in it day in and day out. It’s human nature to need a break.
But when something is difficult, the need to step away becomes even more needed. Caregiving is difficult at best. If you don’t take some time for yourself, rest, relax, and give yourself some breathing space, you’ll pay the consequences down the road.
Respite care is about giving yourself that much needed break. Options for respite care range from family and friends helping out for a short time period to formal contracts with in home caregivers. Here are a few tips to help give you the backup you need.
Respite Care Option #1: Family and Friends
Family and friends often work together to see their loved one through the caregiving process. You’ll get the break you deserve and they will get much needed time with a favorite relative or an old friend. It’s also the easiest to find. Ask the person you are caring for who they miss the most or who they would like to spend more time with. Then reach out to them and ask if they are willing to lend a hand. Be specific about the requirements while you are away.
Respite Care Option #2: Senior Concierge
Senior concierge provides specific services that your loved one needs help with. They can help with preparing meals, light housekeeping, visiting the doctor, or running errands – and most important, offer companionship in the process. In many cases, it’s difficult to think about hiring out for caregiving because you’re not sure what they can do for you. By starting with senior concierge services, you can ease into it with specific tasks. What can you release that will give you the time you need for yourself? Does your loved one require weekly visits to a therapist? By hiring a senior concierge to pick up, deliver for the scheduled meeting, and return your loved one home, that can open up several hours for you.
Respite Care Option #3: In Home Caregiver
If your loved one has reached the point that they need help throughout the day, every day, it may be time to bring someone in to give you daily respite. In home caregivers are tasked with helping in any way they can. They can help with personal care in the morning, run errands in the afternoon, even prepare a meal for your loved one in the evening. Maybe it’s time for you to return to work. Or maybe it’s time for you to take the classes you’ve been dreaming about. An in home caregiver can fill in the needs while you’re away. And because they develop a personal relationship with your loved one, they can be there for them emotionally and physically while you are away.
Whether you’re in need of a few hours or a few days a week to step away and have some time just for you, we can help you find the solutions. Give us a call today.