The stress providing caring for another creates can lead to a wide range of health problems. More family caregivers have reported their own health is fair to poor, increasing by four percent from 2015 to 2020, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving.
Respite care can offer you and your family a safe solution. Professional aides care for your senior loved one, which allows you time to rest and care for yourself. It also can be an option when you want to take a vacation or enjoy a long weekend with your own children and spouse.
Services Offered by a Professional In-Home Care Agency
The services a non-medical in-home caregiver can provide include:
- Assisting with grocery shopping or meal preparation
- Housekeeping and laundry
- Help with bathing, dressing and personal hygiene
- Transportation to and from appointments
- Support with errands and shopping needs
- Companionship such as reading, playing games or helping to write letters
Most respite care providers are available to offer support a few hours a week or around the clock. The flexibility of respite services allows busy caregivers to have peace of mind knowing they have a back-up plan for a senior loved one’s care should the need arise.
Choosing an in-home care agency as a respite partner has other advantages over hiring a private caregiver with the primary one being reliability. Should the primary caregiver have a family emergency or become ill, the agency will have other caregivers available to fill in. This can allow adult children and family caregivers to relax and enjoy their time away. Contact us to learn more about our in-home care services.