Caring for an ill or elderly loved one isn’t easy. Both emotionally and physically, being there for the one you love can be exhausting. This isn’t because you don’t love them and it doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong: it means you are, shockingly, human. The fact is, whether it’s for just a few hours a day or for a few weeks in a year, you need a break. You need time to rest, to relax, to think about something else and to do the things you want to do. That is where respite care comes in.
Respite care is short-term care for your loved one while you are away. Sometimes it means a stay in a retirement home or assisted living community, sometimes it means having a caregiver come into the home to do all the myriad things that you usually do. These things could include laundry, cooking, help with showering and dressing, running errands, and other daily necessities. Some companies, like Apicon Home Health Agency, also offer additional services such as physical or speech therapy. Respite care can also offer social opportunities for your loved one. Having someone come in everyday can provide a chance to talk to someone new, someone who hasn’t heard all their stories. Respite care allows you to get out into the world and it also allows a little bit of the world to come inside to your loved one.
A good place to start when looking for a respite care program is by making a list of everything that will need to be done, or everything that you would like to have done, and researching the companies that will provide that. Talking to your loved one is also important. Discuss how long you’ll be gone, and when you’ll be coming back. Find out what they would like, what they wouldn’t like, and make sure they approve of the care system you decide to use.
If you are considering respite care, don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can help.