Respite Care Services
Because Your Quality of Life Matters Too
When your loved one needs specialized respite care or elderly care in Charleston, whether they are elderly, have developed a chronic illness or live with a disability, you understandably have a desire for them to receive the best care possible- care that allows them to life a full life. This requires a great deal of effort from a person, and shows patience, generosity and compassion. You regularly give it your all, out of love.
But where does this leave you? You are a person with needs of your own, and caring for someone demands time, energy and emotion – if you aren’t able to take care of yourself you could risk burnout or other consequences. Putting the needs of other people in front of your own is a noble thing, but if you aren’t paying attention to your own requirements it can often lead to resentment and unhappiness. This damages relationships and turns something as precious as love into an obligation, becoming a burden for all involved. One of the great fears of growing old, or developing a condition requiring care, is the concern that loved ones will also be affected. The last thing anyone wants is for you to be unhappy.
How Can Respite Care Help?
FirstLight offers the community of Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and surrounding cities a comprehensive respite care and elderly care program that helps you find time for yourself, away from obligations as a caregiver, so you can have space to be with yourself. You won’t have to worry about your loved one, as they will be well taken care of while we are around – we offer respite care from anywhere in the range of a few hours to full days, nights, or even longer when necessary. We are available either on an occasional or regular basis to assist your loved one whether they are elderly, disabled, or in recovery.
Our Services Include:
- Reminders to take medication
- Assistance with hygiene and bathing
- Care for patients living with dementia
- Transportation and mobility issues
- Food preparation and diets
- Light help around the house
- An open ear and heart
- And more!
Don’t Forget About Yourself
It’s easy for people to begin identifying with their role as a caregiver, but you’re so much more than that. If you start to neglect the other aspects of your life, whether they are your hobbies, career, friends or family, things begin to go downhill quickly. It’s easy for people to become guilty about taking time for themselves, but studies show that problems of exhaustion, stress, and other issues are real and can be prevented.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to take time to be with yourself and have your own life separate from your caring role– it’s something that everybody deserves, especially when they are already spending so much of their time helping someone else. It’s important to take time out of your rhythm to relax and to recharge your own batteries – you’ll be relieving your loved one as well as yourself. Let our FirstLight respite care and elderly care program in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant help you connect with yourself again, guilt-free.