We all have busy lives, keeping on top of housework and gardening, finances, doctor’s appointments and more. If you’re also the primary caregiver for a loved one, those tasks and responsibilities don’t go away – they just get doubled. This may be manageable in the short-term, but assuming the work of two people long-term can take a toll on your mental health and cause caregiver burnout.
There’s no doubt that caring for a loved one is an incredibly meaningful and rewarding activity, but to do it well, you need to take time for yourself. The best way to avoid burnout is by taking a break for your interests, your friends, and your family. But, if you’re the sole caretaker, breaks can bring on guilt and difficult questions: How do you find another caregiver to fill the gap, even for just a few hours?
Tandem Careplanning can help. Our highly-vetted caregivers can provide respite care services, giving you a break from thinking about someone else’s needs and breathing room to think about your own. Respite care is designed to be flexible and to help the helper, providing back-up, so they have time off to decompress.
Our In-Home Respite Care Services
In-home respite care can work in a lot of different ways. Tandem Careplanning’s caregivers come to your house and provide in-home care for your loved one for anywhere from four hours to a full day. They can provide specialty care for seniors experiencing specific physical or neurological disorders or help support a loved one recovering from surgery or an illness.
Our caregivers can provide in-home care for a range of scenarios, including for individuals with:
Everyone’s needs are unique and may involve lots of different types of care. Tandem’s Care Team helps you figure out what works best for you and your loved ones and how we can offer support to you as a primary caregiver – without the tedious task of vetting potential caregivers yourself or ‘making do’ with a safe but unskilled individual.
With our support, we can help you be the best caregiver you can be. Here are some of the other types of in-home care we offer.
Personal Home Care
Caregivers can help assist your loved one with daily tasks, such as meal preparation, eating, bathing, personal hygiene, getting dressed, and more. Collectively, these types of tasks are called activities of daily living (ADLs).
Social isolation is a common problem for many seniors or those recovering from illnesses and surgeries. Tandem’s caregivers can provide companionship so your loved one feels supported in their time of need. They can also encourage and organize family and friend visits.
When your life is filled with tending to a loved one’s well-being, self-care is typically the first to disappear from your schedule. But being protective about key activities can help you avoid burnout. Tandem Careplanning can be that support system that enables you to find the time for exercise, social support, and solitude. Together, we can help you destress, stay in good mental and physical health, and be the best caregiver you can be.
Exercise is a natural stress fighter and triggers the release of chemicals in your brain, called endorphins. This is a natural way to maintain a positive attitude and helps to “blow off steam” and deal with frustrations of the day.
Social Support and Activities
Reaching out to friends, family members, and caregiver support groups can help you solve problems, make difficult decisions, and increase self-esteem. Connecting with and growing your social network is another way to promote positive mental health and help you control your stress level.
Time for Yourself
Solitude and spending time alone can also provide a number of benefits, especially for those going through large life changes. Personal time gives you a chance to escape pressure from others, make decisions, or process feelings or thoughts.