Taking care of a loved one who is struggling with Alzheimer’s, mobility issues, or other problems is stressful. Between medical appointments, household chores, and other responsibilities, you may not have much time left for yourself. Taking care of a family member can be even more difficult if you also have a job and a family of your own.
Many people who care for elderly loved ones want to do it all and may be reluctant to ask for help. However, it is important to take some time for yourself. You cannot be an effective caregiver if you are exhausted and constantly stressed out. Everyone needs a break now and then, and you should not think of that as a weakness or a failure on your part.
What Can a Respite Caregiver Do?
If you have been taking care of an elderly family member and feel like you need a break, you can hire a respite caregiver. This is someone who can take care of your loved one so you can take a break to go shopping, visit other family members or friends, go to a movie, or take a vacation.
A respite caregiver can take care of your family member at home while you are away. The caregiver can help with chores such as laundry, housekeeping, and cooking, as well as personal care such as bathing, dressing, and toileting. The caregiver can take your loved one on a walk or to a visit with family or friends and can engage your loved one in pleasant conversation or fun games.
A respite caregiver can provide you with the opportunity to take a much-needed break so you can return to caregiving rested and recharged. Hiring a respite caregiver can give you peace of mind knowing that your loved one is in good hands and will be well cared for in your absence.
Contact Dependable Care to Find a Respite Caregiver for Your Loved One
Dependable Care has a team of trained and compassionate caregivers who can take care of your loved one while you take a break, whether for a few hours, a few days, or longer. A respite caregiver can help with many of the activities you normally do so you can be confident that your loved one is in good hands. If you need a break from the stress of taking care of an elderly family member, contact Dependable Care today.