Respite Care - What It Is and Why Family Caregivers Need It

Caring for a senior loved one is a rewarding, yet challenging task.

Aging seniors need a varying degree of care from companionship to assistance with all activities of daily living such as getting out of bed, getting dressed, using the washroom, and cooking meals.

If you have your own full-time job and other family responsibilities, adding in the role of caregiver for your senior loved one can cause you to burn out. Not because it’s a burden on you, simply because you only have so much energy to expend in any given day.

What is Respite Care?

Respite care is a way for you to take a break from being the main caregiver for your senior loved one so that you can return to the position healthy and rested. Mavencare can provide your loved one with a care team, a customized care plan, and a certified caregiver.

Caregivers can provide your loved one with 4 hours of care or more depending on your situation and when you need a little extra help.

Why Respite Care is Needed:

When you’re the primary caregiver for a senior loved one, your other responsibilities do not change. You may simply need time to do work projects, cook for your family, spend time with friends, or de-stress and take care of yourself.

No matter the reason, it’s important that you don’t make yourself feel guilty for needing help. Caregiving is a professional career because it is a challenging job that requires mental and physical energy.

How to Know When You Need Respite Care:

Burning out as a caregiver is a real possibility. We have measures in place to prevent our professional caregivers from burning out, which means that you, as the family caregiver, should also put your own measures into place to identify when you need extra help and how to get it.

Burnout is a state of stress that lasts for a long period of time. It can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion, negative or neutral feelings, or lack of motivation.

If you’re starting to feel tired all the time or having trouble focusing, you could be starting to burnout. If you haven’t arranged respite care before these feelings start, arrange a caregiver as soon as you can.

How to Arrange Respite Care:

Mavencare care coordinators can assist you in hiring a certified caregiver who will be matched with your loved ones needs, personalities, and interests. You can call us anytime at 1-800-85-MAVEN.

You can also consider using services in your community like adult day programs. Some facilities will run a range of activities where seniors can enjoy time with others.

Some family members may be able to help out and provide you with the break that you need. You should keep respite care as regular as possible so that everyone involved knows when they are needed and can be depended upon. Regular respite care also allows you to book appointments or make other plans.

Caring for a senior loved one is a wonderful opportunity. However, it can be difficult emotionally and physically.

Respite care allows you to destress from being “always-on” as the caregiver. It gives you a chance to catch your breath and it will allow you to be a better, more focused caregiver.

There are a lot of demands placed on you within any given day. Becoming a caregiver for your loved one places even more demands on your time and your energy. It isn’t a burden to care for a loved one, you are happy to do it, but in order to be the best caregiver and person that you can be for your loved one, your family, your friends, and your coworkers, you need to schedule respite care.