Dec 16, 2016 by Luke Ries
If you are currently caring for elderly loved ones or have done so in the past, you know full well that it can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. Despite the fact that caring in this capacity can strengthen the overall relationship, there is so much that goes into ensuring that they have what they need, day-in and day-out. And if this responsibility falls solely on one adult child, it can be even more challenging. It’s not uncommon for family caregivers to experience a kind of burnout, especially if they don’t take time for themselves. This can potentially create resentment on both sides, putting a strain on the relationship – and, of course, nobody wants that.
You may have heard about respite care, without knowing what it fully entails, but it essentially allows family caregivers to take a step back to refresh, re-energize, and take care of personal needs – with the knowledge that your loved ones have the meaningful support and assistance they need and deserve.
Imagine all the things you can do while an in-home caregiver takes care of your loved ones. Even if it’s for just a few hours, respite care would allow you to catch up on sleep, spend time with friends and other family members, get your shopping done, and enjoy the hobbies and pastimes you love.
Family caregivers can often feel as if it’s selfish to put their needs before those they’re caring for, but as mentioned above, taking time to refresh and re-energize is ultimately healthy for both parties. You’ll not only be doing yourself a tremendous favor by setting time aside for personal needs, but you’ll also be allowing your loved ones to receive home care assistance from compassionate and highly trained professionals. And when you return, you’ll be all the stronger. It’s truly a win-win.
You may be asking, who are these care professionals that can help my loved ones and where can I find them? We are Comfort Keepers® and you can find us just down the road! Whether it’s respite care or assistance with personal needs (such as bathing, grooming, etc.), or even just friendly companionship, our caregivers are ready to lend a helping hand. Above all, our goal is to see that your aging loved ones have the means to have happy, healthy, and independent lives.