For anyone who serves as a primary caregiver for a loved one, physical, mental and emotional burnout poses a significant risk.
You put your heart and soul into taking care of your loved one – not to mention your body – often for days or weeks on end. These efforts can start to feel overwhelming and, when they do, feeling of guilt are bound to follow.
The truth is that, no matter how rewarding it can be to care for a loved one in their time of need, caregivers are not superhuman. Having an option for respite care is critical to your health, wellbeing and success in your role as a caregiver.
The Challenges of Being a Caregiver
In many cases, family members find themselves unexpectedly placed into the role of caring for a loved one. You might have put your career on hold and left the comfort of your own home to keep your loved one in their home. Whether your loved one is suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or any other condition, you have had to master a new and likely unfamiliar skillset.
Feelings of exhaustion, depression and being overwhelmed are experienced by virtually all caregivers at some point. When you experience these emotions, you might feel guilty or even unwilling to acknowledge what’s going on.
For your safety and wellbeing – as well as the wellbeing of your loved one – you need a source of support and a way to take a break now and then.
How Respite Care Can Help
Respite care provides primary caregivers with a way to take a regular short-term break from their duties. This allows you to enjoy a period of self-care, where you can relax and enjoy a brief period of freedom.
During your respite, you have the opportunity to release your stress, renew your energy and restore balance in your life. You might use this time to handle important personal errands, spend time with friends and family, or simply kick back and relax for an afternoon, a day or an entire weekend.
For respite care to truly free you from the burdens of your caregiving duties and concerns, however, you must identify a respite caregiver that you can trust and rely on.
How to Find the Best In-Home Respite Care
If you’re fortunate, you may have a friend or family member who can provide capable, safe and loving care in your stead. In most cases, however, you should consider a professional, in-home healthcare provider.
Professional home health agencies have the resources to provide the respite caregiving services you need. Consider adding respite care support into your weekly schedule. The support of a qualified CNA home health aide who can feed, bathe, handle toileting and other activities of daily living, can provide the peace of mind you need.
In Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Comfort Home Care provides experienced, compassionate home health care. We take the time to get to know you and understand your needs – and those of your loved one – so we can provide the services you need.
Contact us today to learn more about us, or to request a complimentary Registered Nurse (RN) evaluation for in-home respite care.