Despite being tremendously rewarding and fulfilling, caring for a senior loved one also involves a multitude of complications that can trigger serious health risks for family caregivers. And although it’s very common for family members to put their own needs on hold to focus fully on the needs of their loved one, it’s essential for caregivers to recognize that they can actually provide better care when they are well-rested and in optimum health themselves.
Carving out time for self-care can be a struggle as well. After all, your senior loved one counts on you, and you have come to understand all of the little nuances that help each day run efficiently – how she likes her tea prepared, her hair brushed, the details of her afternoon routine. It’s more efficient sometimes to just take care of everything yourself than to entrust anybody else with it all. Nevertheless, realistically, we all need some help every so often, and this is particularly true for caregivers, who are susceptible to the increased stress that can contribute to caregiver burnout.
As the top caregivers Kansas City families trust, the Enhanced Home Care professional care team receives calls from family members on a regular basis who are hesitant to accept assistance, but are in dire need of a trusted partner in care. If this describes you, think about the benefits of professional respite care – both to yourself and to your senior loved one.
Respite Care Benefits for Caregivers
Qualified respite caregivers, like those at Enhanced Home Care, are fully trained and experienced in a wide range of senior care needs, including specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic conditions. Our caregivers never come in and “take over,” but take time to listen and become familiar with each senior in order to provide highly individualized care to meet each person’s unique needs.
As a result, family members have the chance to unwind and rejuvenate themselves with enjoyable activities and interests, exercise, time spent with friends, and looking after their own needs, all while being assured their senior loved one is receiving the very best of care.
Respite Care Benefits for Seniors
And the rewards aren’t just for the caregiver herself! Seniors gain the opportunity for a boost in socialization as they spend time with a new companion with whom they can share life stories, participate in fun activities, play games and cards, learn a new skill, go out shopping or to lunch – the choices are endless. Respite caregivers can also cook meals, help with housework and laundry, and assist with personal care needs like taking showers and grooming – tasks that are sometimes more comfortable for seniors when performed by a professional caregiver.
The senior receives a twofold gift: a more relaxed family caregiver, and relief in knowing that the caregiver is taking care of herself – something that is of great importance to many seniors who may experience feelings of guilt about their need for care.
If you’d like to learn more about our in-home respite care services for seniors, contact us any time at 913-327-0000. We’re available for as much or as little assistance as needed – both for your senior loved one, and yourself.