Caring for an elderly family member, or one who is ill, can be both emotionally and physically draining, although there is no doubt the task is also enormously rewarding. At Care Indeed, our Palo Alto respite care givers understand that everyone needs a break, and time to take care of personal responsibilities. Taking care of an aging loved one is rewarding, however it can also be stressful at times, completely draining your energy. It’s important to take care of yourself, otherwise you cannot provide the proper care your loved one needs and requires.
When you make the decision that respite care is the solution, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are a few of our suggestions to make it an easier transition for both yourself and your elderly or ill loved one:
First, determine what care will be needed while you take a break. Will the care provider need to be skilled or trained in any particular areas in order to take good care of a loved one? It is important to know your options when it comes to respite caregivers, as some agencies’ caregivers are limited in what they can or cannot do. Make a list of what will be needing while you take a break, so that you can make it clear to the agency exactly what type of care you need.
Make sure your loved one is involved. It is extremely important that elderly loved ones are aware that changes will be coming in their care, and for them to know how long you intend to be away. Explain who will be filling in for you, and that by you taking a break, you will be rested, have more energy, and be relaxed when you return, which will be to their benefit. Also talk to your loved one about how socializing with individuals other than yourself will be rewarding.
Make sure your time away is well-organized. In your absence, it may be necessary for other family members or caregivers to take your loved one to appointments that have already been scheduled. Keep a calendar to help remind you so that you can alert other caregivers of things that need to be taken care of, and schedule time for yourself. In order to provide the best possible care for your loved one, it is essential to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Enjoy a good book, get pampered at the spa, go to the beach, take a long, soaking bath, do whatever it is that relaxes you most and that you enjoy – and don’t forget to get plenty of rest!
At Care Indeed, we understand that respite or relief care is essential for caregivers to be at their best, so they can provide loved ones with the nurturing care they need. Whether you have an emergency and require respite care, or need to schedule your life in a way that gives you weekends, half days, or even a few weeks to rejuvenate, we can help. Contact us today, and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your loved one will be cared for by professionals who are compassionate and dedicated to helping others live healthier, happier lives.