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Importance of Respite Care Services in Providing Efficient Caregiving

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (1)

By: Pooja Chandawalla

Caregiving provides inexplicable satisfaction of being there for your loved ones when they need it the most. Taking care of a loved one is physically and emotionally demanding, but family caregivers often hesitate in sharing the workload with others. However, the importance of taking a break from caregiving cannot be stressed enough. Respite care services provide an excellent option for family caregivers to reenergize themselves and take care of other important tasks.

It has been observed that family caregivers often ignore to take care of their own health and think that it isn't necessary to take some time off for themselves. This may lead to physical and psychological problems which will, eventually, disturb the caregiving process. An active social life is as important for the family caregiver as it's for the care recipient and taking short breaks periodically will only make the caregiving job more enjoyable and satisfying.

Respite care services can be used for as little as few hours in a week and if you have to go out of the city for some unavoidable work, then live-in care could also be arranged for few days. These services generally include help with activities of daily living like bathing, grooming, maintaining hygiene, mobility assistance, transferring & positioning, toilet assistance, incontinence care, etc.; but, companionship could also be provided that includes help with meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry, running errands, transportation assistance, engaging recipients in mental activities, giving reminders to take medication, assisting with reading, etc.

There are different ways to hire a caregiver who could help you with the caregiving job: employment-based agencies, registries, and independent caregivers. There are many differences when you compared these sources to hire a caregiver. Registries and independent caregivers tend to be less expensive than employment-based agencies, but there are some points that you must be wary of. Unlike employment-based agencies, in other two cases, you'll become the employer of the hired caregiver; thus, you will become responsible for statutory compliance like employment taxes and Workers' Compensation. Also, if the caregiver calls in sick, it'll be hard for you to find a replacement. All these problems are solved when you hire through In Loving Hands Home Care Agency.