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Respite Care Is the Best Self-Care for Family Caregivers in the Centennial, CO & Surrounding Areas
Our Comfort Keepers give you a break from providing care so you can rest, recharge, or focus on other important matters.
Caregiving can be a rewarding and bonding experience within a family, yet in even the best situations, the responsibility and ongoing routine of providing health care can be stressful and tiring—especially when balanced with a job or caring for children.
When family caregivers are emotionally drained, they are likely less effective at playing this critical role. Comfort Keepers can provide respite care or temporary relief to those who care for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.
Consider all you do for a loved one in a day, including feeding, cleaning, keeping appointments, and providing entertainment. Your obligations might overwhelm your stores of patience and energy. As a result, you feel stress, and your mind and body sense they must fight back. Remaining in this state indefinitely can reduce the quality or length of your life.
The good news is, no matter what your situation, you have the power to relieve the strain yourself, without drugs and without paying for daily help. Respite care provides just that: some well-deserved relief from your caregiving obligations. To stay healthy, you must first acknowledge the value of taking periodic breaks from your busy routine.
The Risks to Your Health
Suppose your body and brain remain on high alert day after day, for weeks, months, or even years. The same substances that prep your muscles and mind for action can give you tension headaches or pain in the back and neck. Elevated levels of stress-response hormones also trigger increased blood pressure and blood sugar, as well as gastrointestinal changes.
When symptoms brought on by hormones persist, they place a physical strain on various body systems. These are the factors that can bring about chronic health problems or make existing conditions worse. Unrelieved stress on the respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, endocrine, immune, and gastrointestinal systems also increases your risk for:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Chronic pain
- Infectious diseases
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Caring for yourself in a way that alleviates and intervenes with growing health problems, however, can turn things around for you. Mental and physical breaks and good nutrition will help you sleep better and increase your energy reserves. Feeling healthier will allow you to manage, not just react to, the challenges in your life. Learn how establishing this positive cycle will help you break the vicious circle of your body’s reaction to the stress response.
The Personal Steps You Can Take
Apart from getting the medical and mental health care you need, self-care is the most important effort you can take to preserve your ability to care for others. You might already feel over-extended and out of options. This is where in home respite care comes in. Securing the services of an outside caregiver can provide the buffer zone you need to focus on yourself.
Before you can do that, you must first acknowledge that:
a) You face important challenges daily, and
b) The stress response they cause has a direct effect on your body and mind. Even though picking up after another person or helping someone around the house seem like small things, they add up. They also keep you from doing the things you would normally do to stay well and happy.
Your loved one might add arguments or a negative attitude to an already trying situation. If you are physically and mentally healthy, you’ll find ways to handle these challenges. If you’re running on empty, the problems may escalate, increasing the toll on your well-being. Many home health care franchises cheerfully provide respite services, stepping in to take care of your loved one for a few hours, once a week, or on a periodic basis.
That’s not the cure for unrelieved stress, though. The other part of the equation is that you use that time to restore your health and energy. With a qualified caregiver watching over Mom or Dad, you can go get a massage, fit in the clothes shopping you need to do, or cook a week’s worth of nutritious food, so you can spend 30 minutes each day exercising or relaxing.
Many articles on reducing stress, including advice from AARP and the National Cancer Institute, suggest using some form of meditation regularly to halt the stress response. Don’t shy away from the term. Meditation doesn’t have to involve chanting or breath work. You can use your favorite hobby or form of exercise to free your mind and relax your body.
Any activity will do, as long as it makes you concentrate hard enough to forget what time it is or what your next move ought to be. You might take a bike ride, play with pets, work a puzzle, or get caught up in a baseball game on television. Volunteering outside the home, AARP relates, is another way to get positive input and build a social network. Find the time you need by arranging for respite care and then give yourself a little TLC. Consider that an important part of the “care” in caregiving.
What is Respite Care at Home?
Known in some countries as “short break” care, respite services provide planned short-term breaks for families and other unpaid caregivers who need time outside the home or to simply take a rest. Respite care helps support and maintain the primary caregiving relationship.Contact Us
Knowing When You Need Respite Care
While those close to you may see that you are desperately in need of at least a short-term break from the demanding duties of caregiving, it can be difficult for you to come to terms with it yourself.
At Comfort Keepers, we understand that when you're the primary family caregiver, the idea of putting your loved one in a nursing home or adult day care can be a daunting prospect - especially if you're caring for a senior with special needs who requires a particular care plan.
Whether you feel that your caregiving routine is too difficult to explain, or worried that your loved one won't receive the personal care help that they need - we can assure you that we can provide a care program to fit your needs, whether it be long-term care or short-term.
How Comfort Keepers Can Help
Respite care services give you time to leave the home for a few hours or even a few days, knowing the one you care for is in good hands.
This creates time to:
- Take care of the errands you never seem to have time for
- Catch up on your shopping
- Attend a support group meeting
- Visit doctor or dentist for routine medical care
- Give yourself a much-needed rest
Comfort Keepers respite services can be scheduled for as little as a few hours a week. Additionally, around-the-clock care can be arranged so you can take a longer break to attend a wedding out of town, take a child to college, or go on a much-needed vacation.
Let Comfort Keepers act as a resource center and help guide you through respite care and other in-home care services. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help care for your family member and provide you the peace of mind that you need.
Contact us today at (303) 722-3242 to learn more about respite care costs and any other questions you may have about home care services.