Respite Care Services in Southeast Missouri, and the surrounding area
It is important to remember that in order to take care of others you must first care for yourself
It takes a lot of commitment to become a family caregiver for a senior loved one. While the experience can be very rewarding, it also tends to be a lot of hard work. Recently, the AARP conducted a study in which they found that the average family caregiver spends more than 40 hours per week caring for their loved one.
The AARP study also found that:
- Average time spent caring for a loved one approx. 24.4 hours
- Partners spend an average of 44.6 hours caring for their spouse or partner
- Family caregivers spend over 41 hours caring for a loved one
There Is Something Very Special About Being A Family Caregiver
It's true, there is something very special about taking on the job of providing your elderly parent with the same high level of care they once gave you. It may be one of the hardest jobs you'll ever love. But, this being said, there is nothing in the rules that says you can't ask for a little help from time to time. The respite care services we provide here at Comfort Keepers of Southeast Missouri come with a skilled caregiver and are designed to do just that.
Our services are designed to give you time to take care of the rest of your family, including yourself. Our caregivers are trained to provide a range of personal care and light housekeeping services. This is the perfect time to indulge in a little self-care. Our services are available on a regularly scheduled basis or on an emergent basis as needed.
What Is Included In Our In-Home Respite Care?
Caring for a senior loved one takes up a lot of your time. Often, this means other parts of your life, such as caring for your family or yourself, take a back burner. Our services provide you with a caregiver who can give you back some of that time by caring for your loved one and helping around the house.
You can use the free time our care offers to take in a movie with your kids or perhaps attend a school event. Go out for a date with your significant other, or perhaps spend a little time at your favorite salon or spa pampering yourself.
We Love Our Caregivers
As one of the nation's premier senior in-home respite care services, we take immense pride in the quality of our caregivers. Each is fully licensed, insured, and bonded. More importantly, we choose them for their professionalism and compassion.
Talking to Your Loved One
We know how hard it can be to bring up the subject of hiring a professional and having a "stranger" come in to help care for your loved one. Few seniors start out being happy about care as it can make them feel as though they are giving up a little more of their independence.
We have a few suggestions that might help get the conversation headed in the right direction:
- Focus your conversations on the many benefits for both you and your loved one
- Be sure you listen to their concerns and points of view
- Choose the place and time to talk very carefully
- You must realize you aren't likely to succeed after the first conversation
- Do your homework and be ready to offer several options and any potential senior care schedules
- Be sure you emphasize the fact that you are not going to abandon them and that you will continue being their primary family caregiver.
- Use questions designed to guide your loved one to the "right" conclusion
- Make your questions as direct as possible
Here to Help
At Comfort Keepers, we realize that you and your loved one have an established level of care and certain routines. The goal of our respite care services is not to interrupt this in any way. Our caregivers will work with you to ensure they carry on caring for your loved one in the exact same manner.
Our care providers can help shoulder some of the load, giving you some much-needed time to refresh and recharge. This will make you a better overall family caregiver for every member of your family.
To learn more about our in-home respite care services and amazing caregivers, contact us online, at Comfort Keepers Home Care of Southeast Missouri, and the surrounding area, (573) 208-4188. Our agents can answer many of your questions and schedule your free care consultation with one of our senior advisors today!