Many family members choose to care for their loved ones themselves and enjoy doing so. This can allow the person being cared for to stay in their own homes and can be less of a burden financially. Caring for someone who is ill is a very demanding job and can be both emotionally and physically exhausting. Sometimes caregivers need support or even a temporary break so that they do not become overwhelmed.
Respite care provides short-term relief to individuals or families who are caring for their family members so that they can relieve stress and recuperate. As a caregiver, your health is important as well. It is not uncommon for both the physical and mental health of a caregiver to suffer which can affect the quality of care they provide. By planning regular breaks, caregivers can maintain or even improve their health and mental state. Caregivers often take advantage of respite care so that they can
- Run errands and catch up on things in their personal lives
- Spend time with friends and family
- Attend events or regularly scheduled gatherings such as lunches
- Take extended breaks or to go on vacation
Respite care is available both in and out of the care receiver’s home. In-home respite care is a popular choice as it is the most accommodating option for the person receiving care.
- Temporary caregivers adapt to the patient’s normal routines and behaviors.
- The person receiving care remains in their home where they are most comfortable.
- They do not have to be inconvenienced with transportation and unfamiliar environments.
Caregivers can often feel guilty for forcing their loved ones into uncomfortable situations such as other respite care options away from home. In-home respite care not only accommodates the care receiver, but also eliminates the guilt or stress the primary caregiver may feel with other options. Medicaid or Medicare may be even be used to cover in-home respite care costs.
Whether you need a week to take a vacation, or just need a few hours a week to perhaps run errands or go to lunch with friends, at Citizens Homecare, we understand the importance of this time away from caregiving. We will work closely with you to develop a respite care plan, giving you peace of mind, knowing that your loved one is receiving the best possible care while you are away. For questions about respite care or developing a unique care plan for your loved one, contact us today.