Any care giver, or friend of a care giver knows that taking responsibility for a loved one’s daily needs can be taxing. In our efforts to be the best friend, child, parent or spouse, we are more than willing to provide for those that we love “in sickness and in health”. The biggest challenge for care givers is remembering that proper self-care is what makes them capable of managing the daily needs of someone else.
Taking advantage of Respite Care is a smart solution. Respite care is a safe, enjoyable way for both the care giver and the one cared for to have a much needed “break”.
Respite care can provide:
A chance to spend time with other friends and family, or to just relax
Time to take care of errands such as shopping, exercising, getting a haircut or going to the doctor
Comfort and peace of mind knowing that the person with dementia is spending time with another caring individual
Respite care services can give the person with dementia an opportunity to:
- Interact with others having similar experiences
- Spend time in a safe, supportive environment
- Participate in activities designed to match personal abilities and needs
Respite care can be provided through in home care providers, Adult Day programs or overnight/multi-night stays at a care facility. If your loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s, it is suggested to use short stays more frequently, to allow them to adjust to this new environment, before asking them to stay for a vacation or other extended period.
Even if you don’t plan to use respite care, life has a way of surprising us with unexpected needs. We recommend you get to know your options before an emergency arises. Call your local in-home care agency and discuss how you should prepare for an unexpected need. You want to know that a company is ready to offer the proper care for your situation. Take time to schedule a tour at a local care facility that offers short term respite care and find out what your steps will be in the event you have an unexpected need to move your loved one to a residential facility for a few days. Make sure you have the information available to anyone that may need to help you out in an emergency.
Here at Dyer, our admissions team is always glad to answer your questions and help you prepare for future needs. Give us a call (219) 322-2273 or drop us a note any time!