Upper Marlboro, MD

Respite Care Services

Because Your Quality of Life Matters Too

Whether you are caring for an elderly or chronically ill family member, or a loved one with a disability, you do so out of kindness and devotion. It is an act of love on your part.  Your commitment to making sure that he or she has everything needed for the best possible quality of life, says a lot about you.  It says that you are compassionate, generous, sensitive, and patient.  It says that you would do anything in your power to help someone about whom you care.

While taking care of our loved ones, we often ignore the needs of the family caregiver.  Caregiving is a demanding job; if you are caring for someone at the expense of taking care of yourself, it could lead to unintended consequences that are unfavorable and harmful.  The caregiver may, for instance, neglect his or her health, fail to receive sufficient sleep, and forget to eat properly.

Not paying attention to your personal happiness and fulfillment may also create resentment over time as you continue to put the priorities of others ahead of your own.  Resentment and fatigue can drain your energy and spirit, transforming a once-great relationship into a burden, an onerous duty, an obligation.  If you are exhausted, you will be of little use to a family member or yourself.  These situations are not fair to you or the person you love so much. Remember, your loved one wants you to be happy, too! This is why FirstLight of Bowie, Upper Marlboro, and Clinton offers respite care and in home care services.

What Is Respite Care?

We all need a break. Respite care service from FirstLight allows you to take some time off from your responsibilities as a primary caregiver so that you can focus on yourself.  We want to relieve you of feeling any anxiety for not being present; while you are away, we are there to make sure that your loved one receives outstanding care.  Our professional and compassionate caregivers are fully trained to address the various needs of your family member, so that you may have peace of mind that a family member or friend is being well taken care of.

Our respite care is tailored to your specific needs.  FirstLight can provide respite care services at home or in any setting for a few of hours, an entire day, overnight, or even longer-term, if needed.  We are available whether you need us once or on a recurrent schedule.   While we specialize in elderly care, our respite care and in home care services are available to any adult needing our help in Bowie, Upper Marlboro, and Clinton.

FirstLight Respite Care Services Include:
  • Companionship
  • Medication reminders
  • Help with personal mobility
  • Bathing and personal hygiene
  • Dementia care
  • Keeping doctors’ appointments
  • Special diets and meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Other household chores
  • And much more!
Remember To Be Good To Yourself

Being a caregiver is only part of who you are.  You are part of a family with family obligations; you are part of a community of friends; you are a vibrant individual who has broad interests; you are a functioning member of the workforce.  Family caregivers who do not take time for themselves can experience increased levels of stress, exhaustion, and even serious health problems.

You need to take time to tend to yourself without feeling guilty.  Everyone deserves the opportunity to take a break; to step out of the everyday routines and relax, recharge our batteries, and welcome a new day.  Caring for yourself can strengthen the relationship you enjoy with the person you care for. When you are healthy, happy, and energized, you will be better able to care for and interact with your loved one. FirstLight of Bowie, Upper Marlboro, and Clinton respite care and in home care services specialize in restoring you, without ignoring or compromising the quality of care and attention your family member needs.

Contact us today to see how we can help.

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