Caring for a loved one can be an exceptionally rewarding experience. It can also be mentally and physically demanding work. Many American families who understand this dynamic, are now calling on respite care providers to assist with the care of their loves ones. Choosing a professional home care agency that provides respite services ensures elderly citizens receive the highest quality professional care when their family is unable to fulfill the caregiver role.
Here at Neighborly Home Care, we understand the gravity of having to make such an important life decision for a family member. To aid those faced with this choice, we have outlined 3 of the leading advantages of respite care for seniors and their families.
1. Respite Care Allows Loved Ones to Remain in their Homes
One benefit of professional home respite care is that it allows seniors to stay in the environment where they feel most comfortable.
Home respite caregivers provide many services such as meal preparation, medication reminders, and light housekeeping. For seniors, being in their own home can prevent the fear and anxiety that may accompany an unwanted move to an assisted living facility or retirement community. A senior who is permitted to continue living in their own home will be happy surrounded by familiar objects or items that elicit fond memories (photographs or keepsakes from birthdays, graduations, and other celebrations). Senior home care empowers elderly individuals to continue living with a sense of autonomy that they would not receive within an assisted living facility.
2. Respite Care Grants Family Caregivers A Sense of Peace & Allows Them More Personal Time.
Caring for a loved one 24 hours a day can take a tremendous physical and emotional toll on any family caregiver. Choosing a professional home care agency that provides respite care services benefits both the individual receiving care and the family caregiver.
Respite care allows the family caregiver time to attend work or appointments, socialize with family and friends, or time to simply relax or “recharge”. Even a short break for a family caregiver can have long term positive benefits on both their physical and psychological health.
3. Respite Care Can Bring Seniors a New Perspective and a New Friendly Face
As we age, our activity outside the home becomes limited. Often, our mobility is reduced and traveling any distance can prove to be difficult, even hazardous.
Consequently, seniors spend most or all of their time at home. Such a lull in activity can make the days seem monotonous. Fortunately, the presence of a respite caregiver provides seniors with a fresh new face and perspective in their home. Adding new activities in a senior’s daily routine, engaging in meaningful conversation, or simply listening to stories, memories, and experiences can make a respite caregiver a truly invaluable presence in a senior’s home.
There are many advantages to choosing a respite care service for senior family members. To learn more about respite care and the caregiving process, feel free to contact our experts at Neighborly Home Care today.