Family caregivers make up a substantial portion of all caregivers providing home support for seniors in Canada.
More seniors are choosing to remain at home, rather than moving to an assisted living facility or retirement home.
There are many reasons for this shift, and of course every individual situation is different. But there are also some common factors that result in older adults wanting to stay in their own homes.
Some of the most common reasons to stay at home are:
- Comfort and familiarity
- Cost – retirement communities can be extremely expensive
- Independence – seniors are free to come and go as they please in their own homes
- Space – assisted living facilities are often cramped and over-crowded
- Family and friends – easier to spend time with family and friends
These are just a few possible reasons, all of which offer compelling arguments to remain at home.
So, once the decision has been made to continue living at home, preparations will be needed to make it happen.
As we are all aware I’m sure, our bodies begin to betray us with age. Loss of physical strength and mobility cut down the ability to carry out routine tasks.
Mental decline is another unfortunate effect of aging, making it more difficult to remember things and deal with problems that may arise.
Seniors will require some regular assistance to retain their independence.
This is where family caregivers come in. Initially, it is almost always a family member in relatively close proximity that provides any needed care.
This is fine at the start, when demands are low and steady care is not yet required.
However, when care is needed more regularly to carry out daily routines, or health conditions begin to develop, then outside assistance becomes essential.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care refers to care provided by a caregiver that is filling in for, or replacing, the regular caregiver. Usually this means a caregiver from a professional home care agency, like Retire-At-Home, fills in for a family caregiver to provide some much-needed relief.
This could be to give family caregivers a break to have some time for themselves, go on vacation, or get caught up with their own lives.
It offers a great care alternative for when family caregivers are not available, without even having to leave the house.
Respite Care Services
Retire-At-Home respite caregivers can provide a range of in-home services for your loved one.
Some of these services include:
- Nurse Case Management
- Personal Care
- Home Support
- Companion Care
- Nursing Care
- Special Needs Care
- Many more…
Benefits of Respite Care
Having a reliable respite care provider can bring all kinds of advantages to your home care situation.
- Relief for family caregivers
- Peace of mind
- Variety in care
Relief for Family Caregivers
Caregiver burnout is real, and quite common among family caregivers.
Family caregivers need a break in order to recharge and take care of their own lives, jobs, and families.
They also need a break to avoid sacrificing their own health, so effective care can continue.
Peace of Mind
Knowing you always have a dependable backup to provide your loved one with home care is invaluable.
Whether respite care is for emergencies only, or regularly scheduled, it can be a big stress-reliever.
Variety of Care
Respite care is a fantastic way to mix up the home care situation and keep it fresh. Resentment can build on both sides when people spend too much time together.
Keep your sanity with the assistance of respite care.