Many Americans provide care and daily assistance to senior family members and friends so they can age in place in their homes, and while this responsibility can be extremely rewarding, it can also be a physically, mentally and emotionally demanding job.
Many caregivers eventually need to take a break, and that’s fine! That’s where respite care through The Legacy At Home can come in and deliver the kind of short-term services required, allowing the caregiver to take the time they need to relax and recharge. Taking advantage of respite care services is beneficial for the caregiver’s health and well-being, as well as their ability to continue providing care for their loved one.
What Is Respite Care?
Many older adults rely on the care of family members or another trusted loved one to help them remain independent as they age. In some cases, this may be a minor amount of care – such as driving them to run errands and helping them around the home. Other situations may require comprehensive care and close personal management. But even family caregivers get tired and need a break, and that’s where The Legacy at Home can help.
Our compassionate respite care workers can provide a wide range of services, from helping with simple day-to-day tasks to comprehensive health care services. Additionally, respite care is flexible. Respite workers can be available at various times of the day and can come as frequently as required. The Legacy at Home works with families to tailor our care to fit the needs of the individuals involved and educates them regarding the available services.
What Services Does The Legacy at Home Offer?
Because the care we deliver is unique to each situation, family members can choose when to use our services, how many services to use, and what type of care their loved one requires. This means that if you need a respite caregiver to offer 24-hour care while you’re out for the weekend, we can do that. If you work and are taking care of a loved one, we can work with your schedule to provide day-to-day services so that your loved one isn’t left alone during the day. These are just two examples of how our flexibility can work for different situations.
Respite care through The Legacy at Home includes a variety of services such as personal care, skilled nursing, therapy services, and companionship services.
At The Legacy at Home, our personal assistants can help with things such as dressing, feeding, bathing, toileting, and grooming. Our personal assistants can also perform services around the home such as preparing meals, cleaning up, washing clothing, and help with shopping.
While they cannot provide medical care services such as diabetes care, The Legacy at Home’s personal assistants deliver care and companionship when you can’t be there, or when you simply need a hand. If your loved one does require medical care services, The Legacy at Home can accommodate their needs, and you can call (972) 244-7700 or visit our nursing page for more information about our in-home nursing services.
Respite Care for Patients Who Require Extra Care
Respite care for patients who require extra care due to an injury, major illness or a health event such as a stroke can vary in intensity and range from mild to very goal oriented. The difference depends on the patient and the severity of their condition. A stroke can be debilitating, and the condition of the patient can grow more severe as time passes.
For caregivers, it is important to run errands, take some time away from the duties of providing care, and take advantage of opportunities to learn better ways to care for their loved one. In addition, the needs of a stroke patient are somewhat specialized. They often require additional help with mobility, such as transferring them from bed to a wheelchair or from a chair to the toilet or shower. This is care that occurs on a 24-hour basis.
Caring for those who are disabled either from a physical injury, disease, mental condition or a combination of all of these afflictions also comes with its challenges. Respite care for these patients helps to allow caregivers to regroup, learn new caregiving skills, or to just take care of personal business.
Many times, stroke patients and those recovering from an injury or other condition also have therapy and exercise components as part of their treatment and care, and The Legacy at Home can accommodate these needs as well. In addition to our personal assistants and our nurses, we also employ therapists who specialize in conducting therapy in the home (including physical, speech, and occupational therapy).
When Does a Caregiver Know When They Should Consider Respite Care?
It’s important to acknowledge the need for caregiver respite support. Regardless of the amount or type of service caregivers provide to a loved one, everyone needs a break from time to time, whether the caregiver simply needs to get away for a short time, or if they require ongoing help.
It’s important to recognize when a caregiver needs help. Feeling tired and overwhelmed, feeling frustrated or unable to administer the best care, or feeling like you are giving up too much of your life to care for a loved one are primary symptoms of caregiver fatigue. On the other hand, the caregiver might just recognize that they need a day off, and that’s fine too. We’re here to help.
Respite care is growing in importance today because more seniors are living longer, remaining healthy longer, and want to remain in their homes. Those that step in to provide ongoing care are respite workers. They can be an incredible benefit to the entire family including seniors who need different levels of care.
If you’d like to learn more about respite care through The Legacy at Home, reach out to us and our knowledgeable team can answer your questions, address any concerns, and offer advice. The Legacy at Home strives to be a resource not only for our clients, but for the community as well. Call our experts at (972) 244-7701 or click here to learn more.