Being the sole caregiver for your loved one is a full-time, demanding responsibility. It may seem like you never get a chance to rest and have time for yourself. We understand that no one can take care of your loved one quite like you, but we also understand that you may need relief at some point. You may think that you don’t have the funds available, but there are plenty of resources available at reasonable costs to you to help relieve some of the strain that comes with being a full-time caregiver. We have compiled a list of options for when you need a break and listed them below.
- Companionship: Research shows the unmet social needs lead to deteriorating health and social needs are just as important as medical needs. The elderly are at an increased risk for becoming isolated from society. Companionship is an in-home care option where a caregiver is sent to your loved one’s home to offer friendship and assistance in conjunction with their full-time caregiver. Caregivers provide friendly and supportive conversation whether it’s reminiscing on pastimes, discussing grandchildren and other loved ones, or sharing favorite stories. They can also structure and plan social activities such as play dates and visits with family or friends, shopping, and field trips, or even crafting, gardening or playing cards.
- Respite Care: Being a full-time caregiver means no longer having quality time for yourself. This means not having the extra time to run errands, visit friends, attend social gatherings, let alone take a vacation without worrying about the quality of care your loved one is receiving. Respite care offers caregiving services ranging from a few hours per day to a couple days per week, or even just a few weeks a year to relieve you of your caregiving duties. This gives you the opportunity to unwind, remove yourself from the situation, regroup, and come back feeling refreshed both physically and mentally, which is good for not only you but for your loved one as well.
If a short break from caregiving is not enough, there are always 24-hour in-home care options as well. A full team of caregivers will be with your loved one 24/7, 365 days a year to help with daily tasks, companionship, medical conditions, housekeeping, meal prepping, and much much more. This service is especially needed if your loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia and cannot or should not be left alone.
If you are a full-time caregiver for your loved one, you deserve a break. Respite care and companionship options are a great way to alleviate some of your workload and give you a well-deserved break. Contact us today to explore the many options available for you and your loved one.