5 Ways Respite Services Help Families & Caregivers

5 Ways Respite Services Help Families & Caregivers

5 Ways Respite Services Help Families & Caregivers

Providing care assistance for individuals with developmental disabilities or intellectual developmental disabilities can be a demanding and challenging endeavor for those providing that care. In the industry of managed services for individuals with IDDs, caregivers and families can be relieved of their responsibilities by respite services, that is, professionals who can offer professional levels of care in order to give families and caregivers time away from the full-time job of taking care of individuals with IDD. Hands of Heartland discusses below five different benefits of employing respite services to provide temporary reprieve for families and caregivers.

Prevent Burnout

The pressure of having to provide constant care without accounting for self-care can be mentally taxing and cause burnout in a caregiver. Burnout can manifest in several ways that mimic depression, with symptoms including social withdrawal, exhaustion, insomnia, and anxiety.

Another Set of Hands Around the House

Home respite care services can be designed to allow respite caregivers to take over chores around the house, so families and caregivers don’t feel overwhelmed alone and the home environment remains clean and comfortably liveable.

Quality Time

Maintaining a household on top of caring for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities can take up so much time that it might be hard for caregivers to spend any quality time with them. Employing in home respite care services allows continuity of care for individuals in need while allowing them to get quality time with family members and caregivers.

In Case of Emergency

Respite services offer peace of mind on a number of fronts. While family and caregivers have to care for individuals with intellectual developmental disorders or developmental disorders, they also have lives, careers, and have to leave the house regularly in order to provide for the household’s needs. Respite care providers allow continuation of care. Further, family and caregivers are not generally trained to respond to medical emergencies, and depending on the level of personal care that must be given, bathing and personal grooming might be tasks family and caregivers aren’t comfortable performing. In home respite care can provide the peace of mind that emergencies will be handled safely and the individual’s personal hygiene will be handled.

Transition to Full In-Home Care

Whether the individual under care has an intellectual developmental disability or a developmental disability, their needs will evolve over time and care requirements can become exceedingly complicated. Trained respite caregivers can assess these changes and adjust their care methods accordingly. As they are in place already, respite providers can also notify family and caregivers when the time comes for the level of care to advance to around the clock, in home care. As all involved become accustomed over time to the arrangement, the transition to full-time care is made simpler.

Your Trusted Partner in Care

Hands of Heartland provides the Bellevue and Omaha community with access to professional respite services. Our trained and experienced staff ensure family and caregivers are able to bond with their charges and take care of the household without worrying about the special needs of loved ones. Visit our facilities today to explore our long-term care solutions that will ensure a safe and comfortable experience for your loved ones.

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