When you are responsible for another person’s well-being, it can take its toll on you. When that care is for a parent though, sometimes that’s doubly difficult because your parent has always been there to take care of you. Now the situation is reversed, and it can be stressful as you deal with work; plus taking care of your own family too. This is when Respite Care comes into play.
The idea of entrusting your loved one with someone else isn’t always easy, but it is necessary for your own health. Allowing an “outsider’ into your home or taking your family member to an unfamiliar place will take some adjustment on your part. The thing to realize is how critical it is to your own well-being; that you can’t do it alone and you need to take care of yourself too. One idea to keep in mind is that all respite services are not alike. Different providers will offer different types of services and levels of care, and you will need to decide which one will work for you.
One type of provider is independent respite which allows your loved one to stay in his or her home, and the services are provided there. The services can be by family members, friends or a home care agency. A home care agency will assist with personal hygiene, dressing, reminding in taking medications on time, feeding and companionship.
Although it’s difficult to take the first step when looking into respite care, remember not to feel guilty. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of your family member properly. A well-rested and relaxed you is better for your loved one than anything else.
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