Respite is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a short period of time when you are able to stop doing something that is difficult” and this is just what respite care is designed to do for those caring for aging parents, relatives and loved ones.
As a leading provider of in-home care in Philadelphia, we know how difficult it can be for an inexperienced family member to provide care for an aging loved one, especially if he or she has complex care needs resulting from dementia, Parkinson’s or another age-related condition. That’s where home care comes in. Respite care is a support service for caregivers, often provided by reliable home care agencies, that not only ensures caregiver health, but the quality of care that is provided to the senior.
One of the biggest benefits of respite care is flexibility. Family caregivers have the option of scheduling respite on a schedule that meets their needs. Perhaps you need respite in the morning so you can get ready for your day, or maybe you could use a break on the weekends to tend to your own needs and spend time with your spouse and children. Whatever the reason, you have the freedom to choose the schedule that best meets your needs, whether you are looking for Philadelphia hourly care or live-in care services.
Some family caregivers may also experience feelings of guilt or concern when leaving their loved one in the hands of another person. While these feelings are common, they should not prevent you form getting the assistance you need. Caregivers who do not take regular respite are more prone to depression, anxiety, insomnia and are at an increased risk for health conditions such as heart attack and stroke. If you work with the right care provider, you can get the rest you need while enjoying peace of mind that care is being provided by a professional caregiver. Look for respite caregivers who are:
- Licensed, bonded and insured
- Experienced in senior and elder care
- Trained in how to meet the needs of older adults
- Dependable and responsible
- Compassionate and have a passion for home care
Enjoy the break you need and deserve and learn more about respite care from Home Care Assistance of Philadelphia. We are here to help 24/7 and have flexible hourly and live-in care schedules, highly trained and professional caregivers, and never ask our clients to sign a long-term contract. Request a free consultation with a friendly Care Manager today by calling 215-645-4663.