You are the sole caregiver for your father, mother, sibling or friend and are beginning to burn out. Caring for a loved one can be physically and emotionally draining, especially if you have no one to relieve you from this task from time to time. We all need a break. That doesn’t make you uncaring or selfish, it makes you human. Many family caregivers are not aware that there is help for them. Through home care agencies like Luxe Homecare, you can find the time you need to regenerate by taking advantage of our respite care service.
Caregivers Need Respite Time
Luxe Homecare makes no judgments. We only give you the time you need to reconnect with friends, take a mental break, do errands, go to the spa, get your hair cut, whatever it is that you usually have difficulty arranging to do. And while you’re gone, you have the peace of mind that everything is okay back at home.
How Luxe Homecare Respite Care Helps You
Our respite care accomplishes several things. It gives you the time you need to recoup, and the knowledge that you don’t have to be on duty 24/7 to be a good person. Your loved one gains a better understanding that you sometimes need a break, and it allows them to become more comfortable with someone outside the family caring for them. This helps to create a h3er family bond. It makes you less likely to lose your temper and your loved one more likely to be grateful for how well you are caring for them.
At Luxe Homecare we’ve had many family caregivers over the years who have heard about us from friends and colleagues who suggested they call and ask for some assistance. One case, in particular, stands out.
Helen, a 50-year-old woman, was married to Steven, who was 59, since college. Helen was in great shape and so was Steven until he became ill a year earlier. Helen didn’t want to hire an outside caregiver because she was convinced that Steven’s illness was temporary and that she as his wife should be able to handle it. She even took a medical leave of absence from work to care for him.
As the months dragged on Helen thought she was going to pull her hair out. She was exhausted from doing all the household chores by herself and attending to Steven’s every need. One day a friend stopped by, and Helen was crying hysterically. She told her friend she wanted her old life back. Her friend had heard good things about our agency and urged Helen to call and ask about respite care. Helen called us the very next day. At first, she would only leave the house for a couple of hours, calling to check in on Steven to make sure everything was okay. Once she began to build a rapport with our dedicated and caring in home caregivers, she called less frequently and started to enjoy the time she had for herself.
Initially, Steven was resentful. Before he became sick, he and Helen did everything together as a couple. Now she was leaving him to as he put it “gallivant around town.” But soon he too came to realize that she needed time off and he began to enjoy speaking to someone besides his wife. In fact, when Helen was going to cancel respite care one day because her plans fell through, he urged her to reconsider. “You need this,” Steven said.
He was right. Helen had become a better companion to him, was less agitated by his constant requests and remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place.
Luxe Homecare Respite Care Helps the Patient and the Family Caregiver Too
At Luxe Homecare we not only take care of the individuals who need assistance but their family members as well. We take great pride in helping families grow closer by giving them the time and space they need away from each other. Luxe Homecare provides respite care and in-home care services throughout Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades and the Santa Monica area. And if you need transportation services we offer that too. Luxe Homecare can be reached at (310) 362-4882, email [email protected] . You can also visit our website for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.