Eldercare Support Services, LLC is a trusted home care provider located in Clinton Township, Michigan, providing patient care services for seniors in need of home care assistance. We provide companion care, personal care, hospice support services, respite care, post-surgery and rehab care, and more. Let’s make aging in place a whole lot easier and more convenient by assisting your family with in-home care services.
We make aging in place easier by providing our clients with exceptional home care services. For 40+ years we have served Clinton Township, Sterling Heights and the local communities. We are family owned and operated. Our name and our services are a trusted resource for families and healthcare professionals.
Providing care for an ill, elderly, or disabled family member is a rewarding but exhausting job. The responsibilities of caregiving never stop, and too many people shoulder these responsibilities alone. Needing support in your role as primary caregiver isn’t a sign of weakness or selfishness. And it doesn’t mean you love your family member any less.
A respite is a short period of rest, and respite care refers to a short break in caregiving. Whether it’s for a few hours a week or an extended vacation, respite care gives the primary caregiver time to rest and recharge their batteries. Without respite care, many caregivers can go weeks or longer with no social interaction. Their mental health suffers the effects of isolation.
The adverse effects of caregiving worsen when the person is caring for a family member with dementia. In fact, the Caregiver Alliance (1) reports that home caregivers of dementia patients are twice as likely to become depressed as those caring for family members with other types of health problems.
The physical health of caregivers can suffer too. In some cases, the demands of looking after someone else are so rigorous. The caregiver goes without adequate rest or nutrition. They may even miss their own healthcare appointments.
Meeting friends for lunch, going to the gym, or running personal errands may not seem like much of a “vacation,” but having the time to do these simple things can make a world of difference to the caregiver.
Taking a loved one to a residential program, a group home, or another specialized facility for a few hours or a few days is called out-of-home respite care. While it might be an option for some people, these facilities can be difficult to find depending on where you live. And in some cases, moving an ill person out of their familiar environment creates more problems than it solves. However, if the circumstances for out-of-home care are right, it can be a vital part of a caregiver’s overall support network.
In-home respite care involves a friend, a volunteer, another family member, or a home care agency to look after your loved one. At the same time, the family caregiver leaves to do other things. In-home respite care is popular for its ease, allowing the seniors to remain comfortable at home.
In-home care providers may be easier to locate than you think. Some of the services home care agencies like Eldercare Support Services, LLC provide are:
Once a primary caregiver decides that respite care is an essential part of caregiving, they will see that in-home care is the obvious choice.
The benefits of respite care often focus on the caregiver, and deservedly so. Care providers need and deserve time to relax, take care of themselves and engage in activities they enjoy. But in addition to helping the person who is providing care, respite also benefits the person receiving care.
Elders stuck at home due to illness or disability rarely get to interact with anyone besides their caregiver. Meeting new caregivers can lead to new friendships and stimulating social interaction.
Sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to find the solution to an old problem. The experience and training of a respite provider could lead to improved care methods for your loved one.
Finding one new person to count on can open doors for your loved one. Remember, the family member you take care of is even more isolated than you are. They may worry about what will happen to them if something happens to you. Learning to trust a new caregiver can build confidence and help your loved one feel more supported.
If you need a respite caregiver, we are here to help. We understand that finding quality care for your loved one is the priority. Contact us today to learn more about our in-home respite care services.
Leaving your loved one in the care of a stranger for the first time can be stressful. But taking the time to find the right home care agency will increase your peace of mind. Follow these suggestions when searching for a respite care provider:
Most private insurance plans do not cover the costs of in-home respite care. Veteran’s benefits and long-term care insurance may provide some coverage, but for the most part, in-home respite care is an out-of-pocket expense.
The costs involved depend on where you live, what types of services you need, and how long you need them. If volunteers or family members aren’t available to help, a primary caregiver may have to decide between which type of assistance is needed most and which type their loved one can afford.
With 10,000 people turning 65 every day in America (2), long-term care costs are a major concern. Nationally, the median monthly cost of a part-time home health aide is $2,080, according to Genworth Insurance.