Types of Respite Care and Why You Need It

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Being a full-time caregiver for a loved one is not easy. It is not only physically demanding but also very mentally and emotionally tough. If you are like many caregivers, you find it very hard to take time for yourself and may even feel guilty when you consider your own needs above those of the person you care for. However, it is vitally important that you do take time for yourself. If you don't, you may become frustrated, depressed, or even angry. You will be better able to provide care for someone else when you care for yourself first. This is where respite care services come into play. 

Respite care is short-term care used to give regular caregivers a break. This could be as simple as having another family member or friend take over for a while, or if there is no one able to help, you can find other options. Here are a few options to consider so that you can have some time to take care of yourself, even if that means just taking a break to do nothing.

Companion

It is possible to hire an adult sitter who also acts like a companion. This person can come to your home and sit with the patient for a while. They may be close in age to the patient and able to share similar interests. Quite often this person will prepare a meal to enjoy together with the patient, perhaps play music or games, or just spend some quiet time watching a movie.

Adult Day Care

If your loved one requires more than just companionship, look into an adult daycare center. This could be at a local church or have its own facility. The caregivers at these establishments are trained and able to take care of patients who require constant supervision. They will provide meals, can give medications, and perform other medical needs. You may choose to send your loved one on specific days each week and take them when you need to take care of other things in your life.

Overnight Respite Care

If you need to be away for more than a few hours or a day look for an overnight respite care facility. You may also find a caregiver that will come to your home for the whole time you will be away. Talk with a respite care services company to find the type of overnight care that will work best for you and your loved one.

Do not wait until you are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, depressed, or angry to find respite care for your loved one. You may start your break feeling a bit guilty, but you will find yourself relaxed and much better to help your loved one when you are rested and feeling better about everything.

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