If You are a Caregiver, Give Yourself the Gift of Respite Care

Are you at risk for osteoporosisIf you are a family caregiver you are familiar with feelings of resentment – sadness, frustration, guilt and anger. These are all common, we are after all only human. Sometimes one can figure out what causes these emotions and how to address them, but often the root of the problem can be sheer exhaustion or just the need for a chance to do something for yourself!

Don’t feel guilty. If you are like most people you want to do all you can to help your Senior spouse, parent, or elderly loved one, ease their pain and be there always to help them deal with their daily difficulties. But we all have limits – so maybe it’s time to give yourself the gift of respite care.

What is Respite Care? “Respite” care means to temporarily take a break from caring for someone with special needs. It could be a few hours, a few days or a long weekend, and can easily be arranged for in the home. Respite care is temporary relief care designed so that spouses and adult children can get some rest, attend to important business related items and resolve personal issues, or join their families during vacations or at lifecycle events like weddings!

It is not always easy to arrange for another family member or a nearby friend to jump in and help when you need it. Expect to be frustrated when you can’t get the support you need, but don’t let this frustration translate into resentment towards your loved one. Keep things in perspective, and know that you have the option of arranging for  respite care  short term, or long term. A home health agency like Regal can arrange to provide a Home Health Aide for a few hours, a whole day, and/or overnight. Your loved one will be cared for by an experienced professional able to assist them with the Activities of Daily Living (bathing, dressing, eating, etc.) as well as prepare their meals and medication, and handle any light housekeeping necessary.

Emergency respite care in a crisis may be difficult to find, so consider registering in advance with Regal for respite services through our “Be Prepared” program. Remember, respite care is most helpful when arranged for before you become totally exhausted and overwhelmed by caregiving responsibilities. Respite can be beneficial and enjoyable for both the caregiver and the “care-receiver”!

Contact Us: Everybody needs a break from caregiving. Respite care is an essential part of the overall support system that may be needed to keep an ill or aging family member at home. This is when the services of a home health agency can make sense for your situation. Consider giving yourself and your loved one the gift of respite care. A day, a half day, even a few hours away can stem difficult emotions like sadness, frustration, and anger, keeping things positive and in perspective, while providing a chance for the caregiver to take care of themselves physically, emotionally and psychologically! For more information on how respite care can work for your individual situation, please contact Ferial Andre, RN, CCM, CDP, at 561-499-8382 or ferialandre@regalcares.com.

This article is not intended as medical advice.

Sunday, June 28, 2015 @ 03:06 PM