Among the many home health care services that we provide, possibly the least understood is respite care. Full-time home care of a senior can be highly challenging mentally, emotionally, and physically. Elderly respite care can meet family caregivers’ need to recharge and refocus to provide the best care possible for their senior loved ones.
Simply put, respite care is short-term elderly care. Rather than being a permanent or long-term care solution where a caregiver provides care to a senior continually, we take over the care of your loved one for a set period, from a few hours to days or even weeks.
Another defining trait of respite care is that some might only need care at certain times of the day. For example, if a senior needs 24/7 oversight, respite caregivers might come in for a few hours in the afternoons so the primary caregiver can run errands, take care of children’s needs, or have a bit of free time to destress.
Elderly respite care is also flexible, and its solutions can adjust to different levels of care depending on the needs of your loved one. Whatever care you are currently providing, we match that care and continue to ensure that your loved one is well-attended while you take some much-needed time off.
Providing home care services is difficult and stressful for family caregivers – but often, caregivers fail to realize the stress they are under. Or when they do notice, caregivers may have feelings of guilt or obligation that cause them to ignore the negative impact that caregiving can have on their health or psychological state. Even the most dedicated caregiver needs to have downtime to relax and focus on themselves.
Respite care allows that freedom. By arranging for short-term home care services from a trusted provider, you can take some “me time.” Your break can be an excellent opportunity to take care of tasks you might have been putting off or rebalance yourself by taking a vacation.
Almost any family caregiver could have some use for elderly respite care services. For example, respite care services allow:
One of the most significant issues that family caregivers run into is the stress that comes with caregiving duties. Unfortunately, that stress can lead to serious issues for everyone involved (such as caregiver burnout). So caregivers looking to recharge will benefit from home respite care services.
Studies show that caregiving takes a big toll on the caregiver. Even when the caregiver has gladly taken on the task, his/her cost can be great, financially, physically, and emotionally. Respite care can help alleviate some of the stress, allowing caregivers to continue to provide their loved ones with proper support. To learn more about elderly respite care and other home senior care services in Philadelphia, PA and Delaware, please contact Neighborly Home Care today.