Why Caregivers Should Consider Respite Care
And How Comfort Keepers of Monkton Can Help
Respite care is an important service that many caregivers fail to utilize. It gives the primary caregiver relief from their caregiving duties for whatever reason it is needed: from tending to their own medical needs, to out-of-town events, or even just taking an afternoon to themselves out of the house. At Comfort Keepers of Monkton and Towson our caregivers provide professional, friendly care in the form of companionship, nutrition or grooming assistance, transportation services, and more, all within the comforts of you or your loved one’s home! This way, the primary caregiver can take a genuine break, while ensuring their loved one is safe and being cared for.
To provide the best care possible, caregivers need to be sure to take care of themselves, too. Not caring for one’s own mental and physical health can greatly impact the quality of care they give to others. Taking breaks and recharging is a vital component of this. That’s why, when necessary, every caregiver should utilize respite care (or short-term caregiving relief), and how Comfort Keepers can step in to help.
What Does Respite Care Entail?
Our caregivers can assist with a range of needs while the primary caregiver is gone, including:
- Grooming/hygiene assistance
- Meal preparation/nutrition needs
- Running errands, such as grocery shopping
- Transportation services, whether just for fun or to go to a doctor’s appointment
- Light housekeeping
- Some caregivers may even assist in taking care of a family pet in the primary caregiver’s absence
- And more!
Aging in Place
As with our other services, respite care would be provided in you or your loved one’s home. Aging in place has been shown to not only be more cost effective, but it also ensures the utmost comfort for the person receiving care. They are in a space they are familiar with, have their own items at their disposal, and are able to maintain their same day-to-day routines. This will also help to reduce stress in a respite care situation when the caregiver may be someone new. Above all, our goal is to help your aging loved one maintain a sense of both independence and dignity while receiving the care they need, while the family caregiver gets a break!
From Doctor’s Appointments to a Weekend Getaway
Whether a caregiver needs respite care so they can tend to their own physical/mental health needs (doctor’s appointments, therapy, etc.), respite care doesn’t have to be used for such formal reasons. Perhaps a grandchild has a sports tournament out of town over a weekend, and it would be too stressful on the senior to take them along. Or, maybe the caregiver is part of a book club and just wants to go to a coffee shop to read for a few hours.
Whatever the need is, they are all valid, necessary breaks caregivers should take for themselves. Our respite care services can span for anywhere from several hours to overnight/several days, with our professional caregivers taking turns on shifts as necessary.
Why Choose Comfort Keepers of Monkton For Your Respite Care Needs
While you may be tempted to ask a relative or family friend to care for your loved one while you’re away, there are risks that can come with this. Aside from the services we provide mentioned above, our caregivers are professionally trained and vetted to ensure your loved one will be safe and receive the best care in your absence. This vetting process includes:
- Background checks
- Ensuring valid driver’s licenses and clean driving records
- Training on particular needs/conditions where applicable
- And more!
Even if you’re only gone for a few hours, what kind of break can you take if you’re too busy worrying about the wellbeing of your senior while you’re gone? Let us help you take the honest break you need. Call us today!