Respite Care for Seniors in South St. Paul, MN
Respite care can provide regular caregivers a much needed chance to rest and recuperate
What is respite care? A simple search for respite care provides several definitions.
- Temporary relief for family members caring for individuals with various needs.
- Planned or emergency temporary care provided to caregivers
- Relief from caregiving duties for one who is looking after a loved one who requires frequent, monitored care.
In its simplest form, a respite is a break from caregiving duties, and respite care is the supports and services provided by somebody else while the primary caregiver is taking that break.
For most caregivers, taking a break is not easy. Even though providing long-term care is hard, tiring, and both physically and emotionally draining, caregivers cannot bear to think about something happening to their senior loved one while they are away. This worry magnifies when a break is more than a few hours and can create debilitating anxiety if the break is going to last for several days. As a result, many caregivers forego respite breaks and simply put off meetings, appointments, social engagements, and even time with their immediate families. The resulting stress, anxiety, and fatigue can lead to a condition known as caregiver burnout.
The Catch-22 that develops is this: respite care is required to provide a break for caregivers so they can rest, relax, and rejuvenate, thus avoiding caregiver burnout. Yet, many caregivers are not comfortable with their loved one being without them. For them, the stress and anxiety of being away simply makes taking a respite break impossible. This is where Comfort Keepers senior care comes in.
Respite Care from Comfort Keepers
Comfort Keepers provides in-home senior care from a few hours a week up to comprehensive 24-hour care. Standard supports range from light housekeeping and laundry to meal preparation, local transportation, and personal care, such as eating assistance, toileting, bathing, grooming, and dressing. Comfort Keepers caregivers also provide medication management support and are specialists in dementia and Alzheimer's care.
Family caregivers can have peace of mind knowing their senior loved one is in loving, capable, and highly-trained hands. Some of the things that set Comfort Keepers respite care providers apart to create this confidence includes:
- Each caregiver is an actual bonded and insured employee of Comfort Keepers who has been vetted, background checked, and trained. These are not temporary hires or independent contractors.
- Caregivers are trained in Comfort Keepers trademarked interactive caregiving model, so seniors receive care for the whole person and not just physical supports.
- Care is provided according to a unique and personalized care plan designed with input from the senior and their family.
- Since Comfort Keepers provides in-home care, your senior loved one does not need to go anywhere. They can continue to receive top-quality service and support in the comfort and convenience of their own home.
For more information about how Comfort Keepers respite care services can help you and your senior loved one, contact a senior care coordinator today.