Thursday, March 26, 2009

Respite care

I found some information today about respite care and categories of caregiving. If you are caring for a loved one, some of the things you do regularly fall into those categories.

Normal caregiving includes varying degrees of some--or all--of these areas: providing companionship; perhaps helping with finances or mail or other desk work; housekeeping; helping with bathing or perhaps doing the bathing; checking the freshness of your loved one’s food in the pantry and in the fridge; keeping up with appointments on the calendar; chauffeuring; taking your loved one to the doctor or to church or shopping; doing errands with your loved one (or for them if they can’t get out); helping keep track of medications or administering meds; washing/setting hair (or perhaps hair cutting); taking over the heavy chores like garbage or vacuuming or sweeping or lawn care, and cooking and keeping track of dietary requirements. And so on and so on.

In other words, you do a lot!!

If you need help getting some of these things done, then consider asking for respite care. Some organizations will provide you with help at no charge, depending on the status of your loved one. Some organizations will come in and help you for a small fee.

Make sure you find someone who is licensed, bonded, and has had a background check so you can protect yourself and your loved one, but by all means try to get some help.

Sometimes a family member, neighbor, or friend might be able to come in weekly or monthly so you can get out for errands or some “me” time. Your local church or civic organization might have a good source for help, so be sure to ask.

If you already know of some good ideas or sources for respite care, please share them with us. Someone may really need your help!

Blessings,
Joan
Caregiver at Home
http://www.CaregiverEncouragement.com/

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