It is not uncommon for caregivers to become overly stressed and exhausted — they are often juggling families, a career, paying bills and also taking care of their loved ones. This continuous cycle of pressure can cause caregivers to become mentally distraught as well as physically ill over time, especially if there are no breaks that allow them to recoup their energies. Respite care is a crucial part of any family’s Alzheimer’s journey, as this painful disease can be particularly difficult for caregivers to retain a positive outlook.
What is Respite Care?
It’s not uncommon for caregivers to need a break and be afraid to take one for fear of leaving their loved ones. Respite care offers a professional and safe environment for your loved one and a period of rest and renewal for the caregiver. This service can be provided in your home or in a care setting, but the ultimate goal is to offer the caregiver a “respite” from the day-to-day care that may be sapping their energy.
Benefits of Respite Care
Caregivers are not the only ones who benefit from respite care, either. Depending on their stage of Alzheimer’s, patients can also benefit from a quick break from their daily routine. In-home companion services provide a new and friendly face for interactions, while time in a care facility offers chances to interact with others who may be suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, too. Respite care may be for as little as a few hours or could last several days or weeks, depending on your needs. This is an ideal way to ensure that your patient receives the loving care that they deserve while you take a family vacation or business trip.
At Santé Home Health and Rehabilitation, we provide a variety of home health services with skilled nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and other caregivers. We also provide a secure and friendly location for your loved ones on a short-term or longer-term basis at our locations in Mesa, Chandler, Surprise and North Scottsdale. You’ll find friendly, caring and proactive individuals at each of our four locations — all dedicated to ensuring that your loved one receives the consideration and respect that they deserve. Contact us today at 480-563-2402 to learn more or fill out our quick online form to receive a response.