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When your loved one finds themselves in need of help, many of us rightfully feel that it is our duty to take care of them. This is true when a parent begins to suffer from complications due to old age, just as it is true when a family member undergoes a surgery that limits their ability to take care of day-to-day tasks. The problem is that these situations can result in a lot of added responsibilities and stressors for the informal caregiver, which can lead to declining health. At Assisting Hands Home Care, we offer respite care services to families in Palatine, IL, who need a break from providing this care.
It is completely natural to feel stressed out when providing informal caregiving services. Over 65 million Americans provide this kind of care for a loved one, and roughly 25% of them report that they are in poor health. There are a number of factors that contribute to this startling statistic, and they include the following:
- The stress of seeing a loved one struggle to take care of themselves
- Lack of sleep due to added responsibilities and stress
- What amounts to another job added on top of an existing career and familial obligations
At Assisting Hands Home Care, we have spoken to a number of informal caregivers who felt bad about having trouble caring for their loved one. They felt guilty for wanting to take a break. We want you to know that it is completely natural to have these thoughts, and there are very legitimate reasons to take a break. For starters, it can improve your own health, and result in better care for your loved one.
Respite Care Services
Through our respite care services, you can receive the break that you deserve, and your loved one can continue to receive the exceptional care that they deserve. We work around your specific needs and can provide these services on a short-term or long-term basis. Some of our clients use this service to go on a vacation with their immediate family, while others bring us in regularly when their working schedule does not allow them to provide important care. Once a timetable has been established, and we understand the needs of your loved one, we can begin providing care. Among other things, we can provide:
- Nutritious meals
- General transportation
- Light housekeeping services
- Transfer assistance around the home
- Incontinence care
- Help with changing outfits and getting dressed
- Medication reminders
- Help with personal hygiene
Our caregivers are all licensed, bonded, and insured to provide the non-medical services listed above. They are also trained in CPR and first aid and can assist in a number of emergency situations.
To learn how you can benefit from our respite care services, contact our Assisting Hands Home Care representatives at (847) 915-6186. We proudly assist families in need in Palatine, IL, and look forward to helping you soon.