Vacation Worry Free with At Home Care

Summer is here, and you may be struggling with the decision of whether to take your elderly loved one on the family vacation. Certainly there are many places that offer services making this possible. It may not, however, be the best choice for either of you. A loved one who has memory loss or dementia will certainly be uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings, and he may struggle more. With at home care, you can travel guilt-free knowing your loved one is cared for and attended. Plus, there are several ways to include him in your summer holiday plans.

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Summer is here, and your plans shouldn’t suffer because of worry about your elderly loved one.

Of course you will call a few times while you are away. Keep the calls short enough to hold your loved one’s attention but still allow everyone to say hello and give a highlight of the trip to that point. The calls will remind your loved one of where you are and ease any fears that arise when you miss a visit.

Most of us collect souvenirs when we vacation. You might pick up one or two for your loved one, keeping his interests in mind. Unusual rocks or jars of specialty jams are great souvenirs. Take lots of pictures, too. Include family members in each one, not just scenery. When you get home, assemble the souvenirs and photos in a scrapbook. Put them in chronological order and include a simple map with your route marked. It might be nice to put in some tactile things like sand from the beach glued to a card as well.

Then, pick a family night and join your loved one for supper, going over the scrapbook together afterward. If you have visited a place that holds special significance for him, encourage your loved one to reminisce. Be sure to take a photo of all of you together with the scrapbook so that you can include the picture in the book.

While age and debilities may keep us from vacationing together, they should not keep us from celebrating as a family. For more ideas about how to keep your loved one engaged and involved in activities, contact us. We offer more than at-home nursing services. We offer at-home CARE.

Respite Care: An Indispensable Part of Planning for Summer Vacations

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Planning summer activities can quickly get difficult if you have a loved one who can’t be alone.

Planning for summer vacations can be complicated at times, especially when a person’s list of responsibilities includes caring for an ailing loved one. Think about it. There are many healthcare problems that may prevent a person from being alone for any extended length of time. Examples include people with dementia, paralysis, advance stage cancers and neuromuscular diseases.

So, what are the alternatives to traveling with an ailing loved one whose health would be further compromised by participation in long distance, summer vacations? For many Americans, the answer is respite care. Respite care comes in many forms. Sometimes it is provided by long-term care facilities, which may be traumatic for individuals accustom to living at home.

Other times, services are delivered in the ailing individual’s home, either by the hour or as part of live-in, in-home care. Live-in care is often the preferred method because it allows medically compromised individuals and their families to build relationships with their caregivers. This is a vital part of the respite care process, especially when trust is an issue.

In order for family members to feel safe and comfortable while on vacation, they must be able to trust surrogate caregivers implicitly. And we all know that such a high degree of trust is not achieved instantly. It is built upon over the course of continuous care. Families must also have time to work with live-in, in-home caregivers to ensure that their surrogates fully understand their loved ones needs.

In some instances, respite care includes medical services and other times it does not. Therefore, it may also be necessary for families to hire additional staff to help care for their loved ones’ medical needs during the course of a family vacation. With that said, to learn more about the types of respite care services available in the State of Arizona, please contact us at Endeavor Senior Care. We offer one-on-one Phoenix Valley and Chandler respite care services that families can trust. View our full service area here.

Caregiving and Respite Care: Go Ahead and Take a Family Vacation, Mom is Ok!

Providing care for a family member could possibly be the finest expression of love and loyalty that one human can show to another. Irrespective of whether care is provided 24 hours a day or part-time, caregiving has the potential to be physically and emotionally draining. That is why, even with the benefits of caring for an aging parent, it is necessary for the caregiver to provide themselves with some of the same TLC that they give mom or dad.

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Caregivers who are not over-stressed and frazzled provide a better standard of care and enjoy a healthier mindset. They are able to really concentrate on the blessing of having their aging parent with them at home in lieu of a full-time facility. They find satisfaction in providing wonderful, loving care that no one else could supply in quite the same loving fashion. Caregiving seems like one of the most gratifying occupations when the caregiver is healthy and balanced, relaxed and at peace.

Respite Care is Just the Ticket

However, keeping that mind-set is a complicated balancing act when the caregiver does not take plenty of time for themselves. That is why it is so critical for caregivers to take weekend or even week long breaks where the focus is on them. Maybe the retreat is a cruise to Greece or a weekend at a local bed and breakfast. The location does not matter. What does matter is that the caregiver gets time to rest, relax and let go of some commitments for a time. Doing so makes them a better caregiver and greatly helps the care receiver.

Reluctant to Try Home Care?

Taking a break sounds great, but many caregivers are reluctant to do so. Conceivably they don’t feel that family members and friends will be able to care for their loved one sufficiently, or they are afraid to impose what they feel are their responsibilities onto someone else’s shoulders. Respite care is the clear, common sense solution in these situations. Highly trained, well qualified professionals employed by home care agencies provide specialized services within private homes. Many are experienced at working with people of various abilities and with wide ranging illnesses, making them qualified to assist even with the most complicated conditions of care receivers. Home care has the advantage of allowing the elder to remain in a familiar environment.

What About Assisted Living?

Another option for respite care is found at assisted living facilities where care receivers may take up residence for a brief, pre-determined period of time. Care receivers may benefit from increased activity and social interaction. It’s also reassuring to know that the older parent is living in a facility that gives round the clock medical care and has access to emergency services.

Happy Caregivers are Better Caregivers

Taking a break from caring for mom or dad is not a selfish act, nor is it one that should induce guilt. Instead, a break is an act of love for the self and for the care receiver. With a little quality time for themselves, caregivers are prepared to give the best possible love and attention to their aging parents.

When researching options for Mesa respite care agencies in Chandler AZ, home care counselors at Endeavor Home Care are available to talk with you about your respite care needs including how to reduce caregiver stress while providing better, affordable care. We are an elder care agency providing home care services in Chandler AZ. Contact us today at 480-498-2324.