As a family caregiver for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease, you will use a wide variety of tools and skills throughout your experience to make sure you meet your parents needs as effectively and efficiently as possible. One you may not know about can actually be one of the most beneficial. This is respite care. This type of care is apart from, and possibly in addition to, traditional forms of elderly care. With a conventional elderly care arrangement, a care provider is in a home with your parent on a regular schedule. This means they provide care to your parent for the same amount of time each week, usually on the same days, and for the same tasks. Respite care, on the other hand, is a temporary or urgent supplement to such care. This type of care provider can step in when you need additional time away from your care task, whether that is to handle other obligations in your life or just to give yourself a break to rest and recover.
Some ways respite care can help you as you care for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Allowing you time to step back from the demanding issues of caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease so you can let yourself heal from stress, avoid burnout, and stay as healthy as possible.
- Giving you the opportunity to physically rest, particularly if you are getting sick. Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease are more vulnerable to illness and infection, which makes it critical for you to avoid contact with them until you fully recover.
- Giving you time and opportunity to spend quality time with your partner and your children. Caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease can be very time consuming, and you may find yourself feeling disconnected from these vital relationships. Taking time away from your care efforts to go on a special outing, or even a getaway, can help you to reconnect, feel stronger, and relax.
- Reassuring you that even as your parent’s care needs increase, and their progression furthers, you can still know they will have all of the care and support they need, while also being able to fulfill your other roles in life effectively and in meaningful ways.
If you have been looking for ways to enhance your parents quality of life, help them to manage their health challenges and other limitations, boost their mental and emotional health, and encourage them to live a more fulfilling life, now may be the ideal time for you to consider elderly care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parents on a schedule that is right not only for your parents individual needs and challenges, but also for the level of care you already give them. Through a set of highly personalized services tailored specifically to them, this care provider can help your parent to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy, while also pursuing greater activity, independence, and fulfillment as they age in place. This can give you tremendous peace of mind as their family caregiver by reassuring you your senior will be in good hands both when you are able to be with them, and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Spokane Valley, WA, please contact the friendly staff at Love at Home Senior Care, today. Call (509) 204-4088
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