Jun 30, 2017 by Robert Myer
Caring for a loved one that has Alzheimer’s or dementia can be very demanding for family members. Emotionally as well as physically it can be draining when you are responsible for caring for an elderly loved one. Experienced respite care can provide you with the time you need to attend to your own life, go on vacation, or just take a day off once and awhile.
When you are solely responsible for providing care for a loved one with dementia taking regular time off for yourself benefits you and your loved one. Caregivers who have some time to themselves on a regular basis are more patient, more relaxed, and better able to handle the stresses that come along with caring for someone with dementia. It’s important that you take the time you need to decompress. A home caregiver can give you an afternoon off or even give you the time to take a vacation with your family.
Many caregivers are hesitant to take advantage of respite care because they feel like they are the only ones who can keep their loved one’s routines intact. But an experienced and well-trained respite care worker will adapt into your loved one’s existing routine and help them manage without your for as long as you need to be away.
Trained home caregivers know how to effectively deal with patients who have dementia. They are patient. They know how to use proven care methods like deflecting the attention of someone with dementia when they become upset instead of arguing with them. They can compassionately provide the same level of care that you provide. A home care worker can keep your loved one comfortable and safe while you are attending to your own self-care.
Home health aides can also help out around the house and take some of the stress off of you by cleaning the house, doing the laundry, and preparing meals so that you won’t have to. Having some extra help with household chores will give you more time to spend with your senior loved one.
If you are caring for a loved one with dementia in Metairie, LA or in the surrounding areas talk to one of our senior support specialists today. We can help you create a respite care schedule that gives you the time you need for yourself so that you can be a better caregiver to your loved one.