No Guilty Feelings
Finding the right respite care provider for your relative may take some work, but it’s worth your effort. Having respite care for your loved one allows you to recharge your batteries and keep on loving him or her for the journey ahead. If you continue providing around the clock care, it’s only a matter of time before your physical and/or mental health spiral downhill.
Remember you may also start with one or two days to ease into respite care or even just a few hours depending on your loved one’s need. Don’t forget to ask your own family for support as well. If they cannot personally help with caregiving, then they will most likely offer the funds.
Types of Care
In-home services include: companion, home health aide, homemaker and skilled care service. Companion services help with companionship and supervised activities only while a home health aide provides assistance with activities like bathing, dressing and exercising. A homemaker helps with planning meals and daily chores like laundry and shopping and a skilled care service person helps with medical needs. There are also adult day services and residential facilities if your loved one requires more supervision.