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What Is Respite Care?


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By  Greg Bechard

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga

Family Caregiver can enjoy a day off as a professional Caregiver will take care of mom

Help from the Caring Team at Home Instead

The job of a caregiver is never done. There is always one more doctor appointment to take your aging parent to, meals to cook, cleaning to do, and then you have to go to your personal home and repeat the process. It sounds a lot like parenting, only in reverse. The constant need to be at your family’s beck and call can get overwhelming. If you are not intentional about handling your needs, you may crash and burn.

Caregiver burnout is real, but it can be thwarted when you take regular time for yourself. This includes an afternoon to soak in a hot tub or a weeklong vacation. There is no reason to think you cannot leave your senior; all you have to do is call in the respite care services of Home Instead Senior Care. We are ready to step in and care for your loved one so that you can take care of you!

What Is Respite Care and Why You Should Use It

Navigating the challenging, sometimes troublesome waters of caring for your elderly loved one can be rough. You may often feel overworked and alone. Some caregivers struggle with feelings of jealousy that others get to live their lives freely without the added responsibilities of an aging senior. Then feelings of guilt flood in. You don’t have to get to this point of frustration and exhaustion if you take advantage of respite care services:

  • What respite care is: When you need a break from your caregiving duties, you need a respite. Basically, your loved one is cared for by a professional for a short period of time. It can be a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks. It may happen in a facility or at home.
  • Types of in-home respite care: Many seniors want to age in place; thus, in-home respite care can help. There are several types of services that can suit your needs when a professional comes in to give you a break. For example, there is:
    • Personal Care – If your mom needs help with activities such as dressing and going to the bathroom, personal care can help.
    • Household Duties – Maybe you need some help keeping Dad’s apartment clean. A personal support worker can fill that requirement with light household duties.
    • Companionship – Sometimes you just need someone to play a boardgame with Mom while you run some errands. That is where companionship services step in.
  • When to seek respite care: The best time to get help is before you burn out. With that in mind, seek assistance as soon as possible. You can establish regular times of the week or month for a professional caregiver to come in, or you can plan ahead for a trip. It’s up to you.

Reduce Your Stress with Respite Care from Home Instead

Be the best caregiver you can be when you take time out for yourself. The compassionate personal support workers from Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga are ready to step in and give you a reprieve. We work with you and your family to establish a schedule that benefits everyone.

Call us at (905) 276-2273 to schedule a no-obligation, in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in the Mississauga area.

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