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How Respite Care Benefits Caregivers and Seniors

By Ilse du Bernard, 9:00 am on

Anyone caring for a senior knows it is not a regular job with regular hours. Duties are performed at all hours of the day, and performing these tasks in close quarters with a loved one can put the nerves of both on edge. North Houston respite care can provide a well-earned and much-needed break for caregivers and seniors alike. 

A Reenergized Mind and Body

Taking a break from caregiving duties from time to time is essential to the mental wellness of both parties. Continuous work can make for a stressful situation and lead to hostility and/or resentment between the family caregiver and the senior. While a break may only be needed for a few hours each week, it can make for a much happier caregiver and a more receptive senior.

A New Social Environment

People forget that a senior’s social activity can decrease dramatically with age, and new people are often something to be looked forward to. Having a caregiver from a local home care agency in North Houston visit a few times a week provides seniors someone new to engage with, promoting mental and social stimulation.  

A Different Perspective

Most people will fall into a routine eventually when the same activity is performed on a daily basis. A routine has its good points, but often causes the primary caregiver to overlook areas of improvement. A respite caregiver can provide a different perspective on the normal routine and may be able to suggest a different way of bathing or a better way to organize medications. The respite caregiver, unlike a family member, will have training in the latest senior care practices and more experience in varying areas.

Utilizing a home care agency also allows family members to explore options for future care. If you’re the primary caregiver for a loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance today. In addition to respite care, you can learn more about our comprehensive care services, including stroke, Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care for seniors in North Houston. Call a friendly Care Manager at 832-412-1345 and request a free in-home consultation.