This One’s For YOU
Respite care provides a temporary break for family caregivers. No matter how much you love the person you are caring for, caregiving is hard and can drain your personal and emotional resources. It is important to take time for yourself when you can. You can arrange respite care for any amount of time from a couple of hours a week to several weeks a month.
Try to plan for respite care before you get burnt out. You deserve time for yourself, your family, shopping, exercising, reading, vacations and relaxing. Giving yourself this basic care will ensure that the time you spend with your senior is quality time and the best you have to give.
In-Home Care in Bryan/College Station, TX
Having a caregiver come into your home may be the easiest for your senior and for your own coordination efforts. An in-home caregiver can help with bathing, dressing, grooming, medication reminders or even housework such as laundry, making beds or fixing meals. They can take your senior to the park or appointments, giving you time to tidy up, take a bath or have friends over for brunch.
HomeSpark offers flexible care plans, individualized to meet the needs of your senior. Our in-home care services allow your senior loved one to received day-to-day help with the personal care they need, while preserving their dignity and maintaining their quality of life.
Signs You May Need to Consider Respite Care
The following are a few signs you may need to consider respite care:
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
- Feeling blue, irritable, hopeless and helpless
- Changes in appetite, weight or sleeping patterns
- Getting sick more often
- Feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or the person for whom you are caring
- Emotional and physical exhaustion
- Excessive use of alcohol and/or sleep medications
The Right Time
Needing help does not make you a failure. It shows that you are human. It also means that you are thinking ahead and practicing self-care.
Also, if you haven’t set up reliable alternate care, you may not be ready if an emergency arises that necessitates you being away from your loved one. You don’t want to be testing out new arrangements in the middle of a crisis or illness.
Sometimes the best way to get acceptance for an alternate caregiver is to have someone help with housework before helping with personal care. This allows your loved one to become familiar with the idea of a new caregiver and build trust. It may also buy you that same time.
It can also be helpful to suggest that you would like to try having a person in “just for a week,” which gives your senior some feeling of control over the situation and might help them to be more open to extending the arrangement. Involving your senior loved one in the decision-making process from the beginning often improves communication of their needs and wants as well as greater acceptance of the help on their behalf.
Make sure to include extended family in the decision. They may not realize how difficult it is for you to be a caregiver and may help with solutions or even step up to be your respite caregiver. They won’t know you need help if you don’t tell them. Remember, having time to take care of yourself, means you will be better able to care for your loved ones.
Source: Family Caregiver Alliance
Benefits of Respite Care
The following are just a few benefits of respite care in Bryan/College Station:
- Gives the primary caregiver time to take care of themselves.
- Establishes an alternate, reliable care so the primary caregiver can feel confident if an emergency arises.
- Establishes a bond with an alternate caregiver so your loved one will be comfortable should additional care needs arise.
- HomeSpark allows you to stay connected, while you are away with our Family Room Portal.
Our caregivers at HomeSpark provides in-home respite care in Bryan/College Station. HomeSpark works in private homes and senior living communities (independent living, assisted living and memory care). Our caregivers here at HomeSpark are committed to providing the best care for your senior loved ones in the Bryan/College Station area. Contact us with the link below for more information!