Respite Care Services for Family Caregivers in Northern Virginia
Across Northern Virginia, there are families who understand the joys, heartaches and stress of caring for a loved one on a day-to-day basis. You may be taking care of an aged parent in your home, or driving over to help them every day so that they can stay in their home a little longer. You may be caring for a child with disabilities, which can bring both joy and exhaustion too. These family caregivers are true unsung heroes. But it’s also true that these family heroes need a break or their own personal resources will be depleted to the point where they are mentally and physically spent. This isn’t good for anyone in the family. That is why At Home Personal Care, with offices in Fredericksburg, Manassas and Warrenton provides skilled, compassionate respite care services especially for family caregivers so that they can take some time to refresh, regroup and rejuvenate. To find out more about our respite care services, contact At Home Personal Care today at (703) 330-2323.
What is Respite Care, and Do I Really Need It?
Respite care is a service that provides family caregivers a needed break of a few hours a week to take care of themselves. Our skilled, compassionate respite care service team can step in for a few hours a day or a few hours a week, depending on your needs, to provide excellent care for your loved one so that you can get some extra sleep, go to the doctor, get a massage, have lunch with a friend, or do something that helps you refresh and rejuvenate so that you can remain positive and healthy as you continue to provide loving care to your family member. This isn’t a luxury, it’s an actual health necessity. Why is this so necessary?
Family caregivers provide hours upon hours of loving service for senior members of their family, or family members with disabilities every week, usually on top of other responsibilities such as working and caring for their own immediate family. There are countless studies that clearly demonstrate that this incredibly precious service can take a very high toll on the family caregiver’s mental, emotional and even physical health. Research into the needs of family caregivers clearly demonstrates that:
- More than half of family caregivers display clinically-significant depression symptoms, and about half of these people have symptoms that are clinical markers for major depression.
- Members of the primary caregiver’s immediate family or social circle also feel this stress and depression, and it can negatively impact these extremely important relationships within the caregiver’s life.
- Caregivers also report frustration and physical health problems when the burdens of caregiving prevent them from seeking medical or emotional help for their own problems. In fact, the data shows that caregivers who undergo unrelenting stress have a higher incidence of pain, inflammation, headaches and even cardiovascular disease.
- They also often report a loss of a sense of “who they are” outside of what they do as a caregiver, which can spiral into depression and disruption of positive and necessary social relationships and scaffolding.
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They are always here for me...
A. Khatib K. Manassas, VA
At Home Personal Care Services is always available when I need them. 24 hours a day. I have been with them for 3 years and they are always here for me.
How Do Respite Care Services Work?
Our home care team will discuss your needs and your loved one’s care needs and then we can match your family with a compassionate, experienced caregiver who is qualified to help your loved one for a few hours at a time while you go and take care of your needs. Our caregivers can even stay overnight so you can take a retreat if you need to. All of our caregivers are fully vetted and background-checked to ensure your entire peace of mind while you are away.
Our caregivers are qualified to do all the things you do for your loved one and will spend time with you first to understand what can help your loved one most during the time you are recharging. Our care givers can help with simple home chores, cooking nutritious meals, bathing, dressing, cleaning and generally making sure that your loved one is comfortable, safe and happy during the time you are taking respite. They provide companionship, can play games, read books, watch movies, help with scrapbooking or other fun activities as well.
But I Feel Guilty Asking for Help
We understand. Many people do. But although the anxiety and guilt feelings are natural, they aren’t helpful for you, or your loved one. They also can lead to impacted problems with depression and anxiety, all of which respite care is designed to help relieve; again, for both you and your loved one. Please understand: If you don’t fill your bucket from time to time, you will have no resources to share with those you love. And we often hear from those we care for that they wish their caregivers could take more time for themselves too. So please understand that we know where are coming from, we do understand how you feel, and we are here to do everything possible to put your mind at ease and allow you to take the time you need to recharge while making sure your loved one enjoys his or her time in a safe, comfortable manner as well.
Expert, Compassionate Respite Care in Northern VirginiaPlease know that you can take a well-earned break to recharge your batteries with At Home Personal Care’s respite care program. Please contact us today to ask any questions and get the process of selecting a professional respite caregiver who will fit well with your loved one, and provide you the peace of mind you need to take some time for respite: (703) 330-2323.
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