Respite Care from Comfort Keepers in Centennial, CO and the Surrounding Area
Our respite care service gives family caregivers a break from providing care so you can rest, recharge, or focus on other important matters in Centennial, South Denver, Aurora, and nearby cities
Caregiving can be a rewarding and bonding experience within a family, yet in even the best situations, the responsibility and ongoing routine of providing health care can be stressful and tiring—especially when balanced with a job or caring for children.
When family caregivers are emotionally drained, they are likely less effective at playing this critical role. Comfort Keepers can provide respite care or temporary relief to those who care for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home. To learn more, contact our office today at (303) 214-9134 to speak with an expert.
The Personal Steps You Can Take
Apart from getting the medical and mental health care you need, self-care is the most important effort you can take to preserve your ability to care for others. You might already feel over-extended and out of options. This is where in home respite care comes in. Securing the services of an outside caregiver can provide the buffer zone you need to focus on yourself.
Before you can do that, you must first acknowledge that:
- You face important challenges daily, and
- The stress response they cause has a direct effect on your body and mind. Even though picking up after another person or helping someone around the house seem like small things, they add up. They also keep you from doing the things you would normally do to stay well and happy.
Your loved one might add arguments or a negative attitude to an already trying situation. If you are physically and mentally healthy, you’ll find ways to handle these challenges. If you’re running on empty, the problems may escalate, increasing the toll on your well-being. Many home health care franchises cheerfully provide respite services, stepping in to take care of your loved one for a few hours, once a week, or on a periodic basis.
Reducing Caregiver Stress
That’s not the cure for unrelieved stress, though. The other part of the equation is that you use that time to restore your health and energy. With a qualified caregiver watching over Mom or Dad, you can go get a massage, fit in the clothes shopping you need to do, or cook a week’s worth of nutritious food, so you can spend 30 minutes each day exercising or relaxing.
Many articles on reducing stress, including advice from AARP and the National Cancer Institute, suggest using some form of meditation regularly to halt the stress response. Don’t shy away from the term. Meditation doesn’t have to involve chanting or breathwork. You can use your favorite hobby or form of exercise to free your mind and relax your body.
Any activity will do, as long as it makes you concentrate hard enough to forget what time it is or what your next move ought to be. You might take a bike ride, play with pets, work a puzzle, or get caught up in a baseball game on television. Volunteering outside the home, AARP relates, is another way to get positive input and build a social network. Find the time you need by arranging for respite care and then give yourself a little TLC. Consider that an important part of the “care” in caregiving.
Knowing When You Need Respite Care
While those close to you may see that you are desperately in need of at least a short-term break from the demanding duties of caregiving, it can be difficult for you to come to terms with it yourself.
At Comfort Keepers, we understand that when you're the primary family caregiver, the idea of putting your loved one in a nursing home or adult day care can be a daunting prospect - especially if you're caring for a senior with special needs who requires a particular care plan.
Whether you feel that your caregiving routine is too difficult to explain, or worried that your loved one won't receive the personal care help that they need - we can assure you that we can provide a care program to fit your needs, whether it be long-term care or short-term.
How Comfort Keepers Can Help
Respite care services give you time to leave the home for a few hours or even a few days, knowing the one you care for is in good hands.
This creates time to:
- Take care of the errands you never seem to have time for
- Catch up on your shopping
- Attend a support group meeting
- Visit doctor or dentist for routine medical care
- Give yourself a much-needed rest
Comfort Keepers' respite care services can be scheduled for as little as a few hours a week. Additionally, around-the-clock care can be arranged so you can take a longer break to attend a wedding out of town, take a child to college, or go on a much-needed vacation.
Let Comfort Keepers act as a resource center and help guide you through respite care and other in-home care services. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help care for your family member and provide you the peace of mind that you need.
Contact Comfort Keepers Today
To learn more about how our respite care services can help your family in Centennial, South Denver, Aurora, or the nearby area, please contact our office today. Our staff will be happy to answer your questions and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. To get started, click one of the buttons below.