Respite Care is temporary care for your senior loved one to give the regular caregiver whether that be a family member or a privately hired caregiver a break. Respite Care is important for both the person receiving the care and the caregiver. We often discount the amount of effort that is involved with caring for a senior loved one.
How Respite Care Provides Much Needed Relief
Looking at a care-giving situation from afar you might assume that the caregiver is living in the home with the senior, how much is there to do? Well, quite a bit. The caregiver is responsible at the very least for making sure the home is clean and in good order, that meals are prepared regularly and served, and the person in their care is clean and well groomed. If we expand on those tasks the caregiver is assisting with toileting and incontinence care, bathing or showering, dressing, overseeing medication and medication reminders along with ambulation and fall prevention. The caregiver is responsible for shopping, transportation to doctor appointments, and organizing social activities not to mention comfort and emotional support for a senior loved one with cognitive impairment.
Lear’s respite care in Dallas is available to families caring for a senior loved one on an ON-CALL basis or on a regular schedule that suits your situation. Lear Senior Care Services will be happy to meet with you to discuss services and develop an individualized service plan that give you the help you need for you to continue to care for your senior loved one and at the same time take the best care of yourself.
Tips for the full-time caregiver:
Make time for exercise and meditation. At least three times a week for 20 minutes go for a walk, a bike ride, a run or take an exercise class such as yoga or tai-chi. Attend a meditation group or find 15 to 20 minutes during the day when you can meditate.
Ask for help. Talk to family members, friends, members of your place of worship and see if they would be willing to give you a break on a regular basis. Agencies like Lear Senior Care Services are also available on an ON-CALL basis or a regular schedule to give you that much needed time off.
Take a vacation. Make plans to take a few days to a couple of weeks off to give yourself a good rest and a chance to regroup. Once again call on friends and family, agencies like Lear Senior Care Services along with senior communities that provide temporary accommodations for seniors while their caregivers take some extended time off.
Eat Well. It is easy to rely on takeout food or frozen food. Put yourself at the top of the list and eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Taking the time to cook good food will benefit not only you but your senior loved one.
Treat Yourself. Have lunch or dinner with good friends, have a manicure and pedicure, go to a movie, or have a massage. On your time off remember this is time for you to indulge yourself.
Don’t forget your medical appointments. Often when we are taking care of someone else we let our own medical concerns sit on the back burner. Make keeping your medical appointments a priority.
Go to a support group. Talking with others in similar circumstances can give us ideas and suggestions we might have never considered. You will also find out how much your knowledge and experience can be of help to another. Making those connections can give you a backup of supportive friends you can call on who will know exactly what you are talking about when you call.
Remember taking care of yourself is not only a benefit to you but to the person in your care. Don’t feel guilty and don’t allow anyone to make you feel guilty. Caring for a senior loved one while rewarding can be very stressful physically and emotionally. We can only take good care of others if we take good care of ourselves.
Call our Dallas office today at (214) 363-1001 for a free no obligation respite care consultation!