SENIOR HOME CARE SERVING ALAMEDA AND CONTRA COSTA COUNTIES
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Providing care to an older adult or to a younger adult with special needs can be an all-consuming job. Even the most patient and compassionate caregivers need to take breaks. That’s where respite care comes in.
Respite care is temporary care provided to give primary caregivers a rest. It may last from a few hours to a few weeks. If you live in the East Bay area of San Francisco, our staff can provide respite care to your loved one in his or her home. We work with older adults as well as with younger adults who have special needs.
What Are the Benefits of In-Home Respite Care?
Respite care can benefit both you and your loved one in several ways. Your loved one will receive help from our caring and fully trained staff. In addition to physical care such as assistance with transfers, dressing, bathing and grooming, we also provide emotional support and companionship.
An article in Consumer Affairs suggests that you as the primary caregiver can use respite care to carve out some time to relax, refresh and renew yourself. Taking this time to recharge your batteries will make you a better caregiver.
- Increased physical and emotional energy
- Decreased isolation
- Recovery from burnout
- Time to participate more fully in other areas of your life
These benefits will help you to return to your loved one with even more strength and energy than you had before.
“Caring for a family member is rewarding work, but can also be difficult at times. We know….we’ve been there too. If you feel overwhelmed as a caregiver, let us help by giving you a break.”
How Do I Know When I Need to Take a Break?
If you are providing full-time care to a loved one, it is important for you to be aware of signs and symptoms of burnout. According to Psychology Today, burnout is complete physical and emotional exhaustion due to severe ongoing stress. Being burned out may cause you to feel detached, cynical and inefficient.
Five Early Warning Signs of Caregiver Burnout
- Fatigue. You may notice that you get tired more easily than usual or that your energy is chronically low.
- Sleep problems. Some people who are burned out have trouble falling asleep. Others want to sleep all the time.
- Physical issues. Burnout can wreak havoc on your immune system, leaving your vulnerable to illnesses such as colds and the stomach flu. Additionally, you may notice physical symptoms such as aches and pains, an upset stomach or the sensation that your heart is racing.
- Weight change. If you tend to eat when you are stressed out, you may put on a few pounds. Otherwise, you may lose your appetite entirely and start to drop weight.
- Emotional symptoms. Burnout can bring on symptoms of depression and anxiety. You may also find yourself irritable or angry. It may be tempting to lash out at your loved one when you are tired or frustrated.
If you notice any of these warning signs, we recommend that you seek help. If you catch burnout in its early stages, a few hours’ or days’ break might be enough to help you get back on track. If you wait until burnout is advanced, it will likely take much longer for you to recover.
Why Else Might I Seek Respite Care for my Loved One?
In addition to burnout, there are several other reasons why caregivers might decide to use respite care. Some of these include
- Crisis such as the caregiver experiencing a health problem or a family death
- Travel, either to a family event or to go on vacation
- Loved one needs an increased level of care, perhaps after being in the hospital
- Short break needed to run errands or have lunch with a friend
Whatever the reason you need respite care for your loved one, you can count on our well-trained staff at Aging in Place Home Care to provide exactly the caring service you need.
Why Should I Consider Using a Caregiver from Aging in Place Home Care for Respite Care?
It’s good to have as many people as possible involved in your loved one’s care. These people might include other family members, friends, neighbors and church or agency volunteers.
There are times, though, when it’s a good idea to have a professional caregiver available to your loved one. We can make several guarantees to increase your peace of mind.
First, all of our caregivers are trained in mobility techniques. We can assist your loved one with standing and walking. If your loved one can’t walk, we can help him or her transfer from bed to wheelchair, or from wheelchair to commode.
Second, our agency has many helpful and trained caregivers available. If you arrange for a neighbor to provide respite care, and that neighbor can’t come for some reason, you don’t get the break you need. With many caregivers on our staff, we will be able to help you whenever you need some time away.
Third, our caregivers are all carefully screened and vetted. We also take the time to match our caregivers to your loved one’s unique needs and personalities. When you are gone, you can rest assured that your loved one is in caring and capable hands.
If you are the primary caregiver for someone in the San Francisco East Bay, we are ready to help make your job easier. Contact us for more information about our respite care services.
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