Recharging your Batteries with Respite Care

You have been doing a great job caring for you aging or ill loved one, but finding time to breathe and take care of your needs can sometimes be difficult. One way to accomplish this is through respite care services. What exactly does respite care mean, and what does it provide caregivers and their loved ones?

Respite care affords a temporary break for caregivers, where family and friends can take the time they need to rejuvenate and re-position in their caregiving role. Taking a breather can recharge your caregiving batteries, give you a new feeling of being alert and alive, and thereby make you a better caregiver for your loved one. At Cypress HomeCare Solutions, we consider our own caregivers trusted partners in providing care for our clients. We recognize the importance of family caregivers, and we assist them in the caring needs of their loved ones.

As a non-medical homecare agency, we are focused on providing in-home respite care to our clients including companionship, recreational activities, laundry, shopping and overall relief for their family members who are the primary caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association identifies the following additional forms of respite care both related to and separate from dementia care:

In-home respite care — Along with non-medical companionship services, respite caregivers may also help with medical or personal care such as bathing and dressing.

Adult day centers — Loved ones are given the opportunity to interact with others and participate in a variety of structured activities outside of the home, including music, recreation, discussion and support groups.

Informal respite care — A family member or close friend volunteers to relieve the primary caregiver and stay with the loved one for a period of time.

Residential respite care — Loved ones stay for anywhere from overnight to several days or weeks to provide the primary caregiver with an extended break or vacation. A safe, supervised environment designed to meet your loved ones’ needs can particularly benefit sufferers of dementia.

In each form of respite care, the primary caregiver can be present, whether in the home, at the adult day centers or in a residential setting. If you are looking into respite care for you and your loved one(s), please call us at 602-264-8009. We are committed to finding the right solution that matches your individual situation, and will help you with any questions you may have regarding respite and homecare services.

Posted on February 22, 2012