Offers a safe, comfortable place for your loved one while you’re away.
Respite care provides temporary relief for a primary caregiver, enabling you to take a much-needed break from the demands of caregiving a sick, aging, or disabled family member.
Respite caregiver is to help clients with tasks of daily living such as feeding, dressing, grooming, bathing and toileting …
Respite care offers a safe, comfortable place for your loved one while you’re away. Trained providers can sit and talk with someone who’s disabled or ill. They may also help your loved one:
- Eat or drink
- Take medications
- Enjoy the outdoors
- Get in and out of bed
Volunteers : May be available from faith-based, community, and other non-profit organizations.
Trained staff : From home-care businesses are available to cover short periods of in-home care.
Personal care providers : Can assist with daily living skills such as bathing, dressing, or feeding.
Homemaker services : Support meal preparation, shopping, and housekeeping.
Skilled health care: Which requires more specialized training and expertise, can address your loved one’s medical needs.
Talk openly and regularly: Keep your family up to date on your loved one’s needs and condition. Family members who don’t share the day-to-day caregiving experience may not fully appreciate the demands and stresses involved.
Encourage family members to evaluate what they can reasonably and honestly do. Changing roles and varying resource levels can impact family involvement. Welcome different viewpoints, accept limitations, and be willing to try different strategies. Share your list of needs and take advantage of all offers to help.
Recognize your own feelings and discuss disproportionate tasks. Harboring resentment when you need more help can impair your health and even lead to burnout. Ask family members directly for concrete support and specific time commitments. Consider establishing an online calendar to organize relief and confirm schedules.
Use technology to bridge distances. Try free video conferencing services to hold family meetings at times that work for everyone. Create a web-based community to share updates and explore options.
Participate in support groups. Learning how other families cope can provide you with new options and ways of coping. Building relationships with other dependable, trustworthy caregivers can also offer an opportunity to trade respite services. And when siblings are unable or unwilling to share the load, peer support can be invaluable.