To those providing senior care for a loved one, we salute you! We recognize what a selfless lifestyle you’ve taken on to provide care on an ongoing basis for your older loved one at home, and the numerous benefits he or she is experiencing with the opportunity to age in place where it’s most comfortable. However, we also know how challenging it can be at times, and how crucial it is to ensure that you’re not only taking the very best care of your senior loved one – but of yourself, as well.
Oftentimes, family members feel that they’re the only ones who can provide the highest level of care for a senior loved one. Naturally, they know the person better than anybody else, the ins and outs of his or her personality, likes, dislikes, and interests. The thought of trusting that person’s care to someone else can involve a variety of feelings: sense of guilt, trust, uncertainty, worry, just to name several.
At Enhanced Home Care, we understand that emotions can run high when providing care for a senior loved one, and in determining whether to permit another person to share in his or her care responsibilities. We also know how crucial it is for caregivers to build a reliable network of support, setting aside frequent, ongoing time to take care of themselves. There’s a reason flight attendants advise us to place our own oxygen mask on first before helping someone else – the better care we take of ourselves, the better enabled we are to take care of someone else.
That’s why we provide trusted, professional respite care for family caregivers, customized to each family’s particular needs. In some situations, the family’s main caregiver requires just a couple of hours weekly to grocery shop and run other errands, to attend to personal medical appointments, or to simply relax over dinner with a friend or enjoy a little quiet time to stretch out on the deck with a good book. Others, particularly individuals providing care for specialized needs such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, may benefit more from more frequent respite, specifically during the evening hours if sundowning or other sleeping problems come into play.
Enhanced Home Care, Kansas City’s premier home care provider, partners with families – never “taking charge,” but offering a seamless level of high quality care by adhering to what works best to ensure that older adults remain secure, comfortable, and thriving. We pay attention to each individual’s particular needs, develop a care plan to address those needs, and modify that plan ongoing as needs change.
If you’d like to discover ways to improve quality of life for your older loved one by permitting much-needed time to care for yourself, contact Enhanced Home Care at 913-327-0000 for a complimentary in-home assessment.