Everyone enjoys their freedom and independence- especially our senior parents and grandparents. At some point however, it becomes apparent that they may need some assistance. Also, if you or another family member are a caretaker for your elderly loved one, you may need a break.
Today, we’re going to discuss some of the signs to look for that will let you know your loved one may need some additional care as well as the benefits of respite care.
If you or a loved one have had recent falls, a slow recovery from a surgery or fall, a worsening chronic health condition, noticeable weight gain or loss, becoming frail, are unable to drive/run errands for yourself, or unable to complete daily living tasks, it may be time to look into in-home care. Care can consist of one hour here and there to run errands or prepare a meal to 24 hour care to assist in all aspects of daily living. A caregiver not only helps your loved one complete everyday tasks, but they are also a great companion, especially if your loved one lives alone and is unable to safely go places by themselves.
Caring for a loved one can also be very difficult on family members. Respite care is provided to relieve some of the stress on the caretaker and the loved one. This will allow you to get out of the house for a while, run some errands or even spend some time relaxing while your caregiver tends to your loved one. Respite care can be anything from sitting with your family member for an hour to a weekend away, preparing meals and helping your loved one bathe.
If you’d like to inquire about in-home care, feel free to contact us at any time. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions and offer free in-home assessments and safety checks.
~Southern Arizona Eldercare