November officially kicks off the holiday season, which means your personal and professional calendar is about to get even busier. If you are caring for a senior loved one this year, either in your home or from a distance, the holiday season can seem challenging, frustrating, and even depressing. Fortunately, you don’t have to go at it alone this year.
Respite care in Washington, D.C. can provide you with the extra set of hands you need to make the holiday season pleasant for you and your aging loved one. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Respite Care?
Respite care is designed to give family caregivers a respite, or rest, from their regular caregiving tasks. You can find respite care in the form of in-home caregivers coming to your loved one’s home to provide the care they need while you can run errands, meet up with friends for dinner, or simply curl up with a good book.
Respite care is flexible, which means that you can hire help for just a few hours so you can run out to finish last-minute holiday shopping. Or, you can hire someone to come for a full weekend so you can get away on your traditional New Year’s vacation.
Benefits of Respite Care
There are plenty of benefits to respite care, both for you and for your senior loved one. You gain the peace of mind that someone is caring for your loved one while you get the opportunity to recharge while away from your caregiving role. Respite care support can decrease your risk of getting caregiver burnout and can even make your relationship with your loved one a happier one. For your loved one, they have the opportunity to visit with someone new, practicing their social skills.
Respite During the Holiday Season
The holidays are busy and stressful for everyone. For family caregivers, the holiday season can end up with sleep-deprived caregivers who are giving less than their best to everyone around them. This year, make the decision to invest in the support you need. Let the team at CaringGivers care for your loved one while you:
- Grab a peppermint mocha with a coworker
- Wrap your holiday gifts without having to redirect your loved one
- Put together that family photo album to give to your loved one this season
- Go to the annual checkup with your doctor that you haven’t had time for
You are not an effective caregiver if you are too stressed out to take care of yourself. Allow us the pleasure of serving your loved one while you get the rest you deserve and need.
Call our team today to find out more about our respite options. Let’s get your time scheduled on our calendar so that your holidays are smooth and joyful instead of stressful and frustrating.