Respite Care Services
Because Your Quality of Life Matters Too
If you are caring for an aging parent or a family member with a chronic illness or physical disability, it says a lot about you. It takes time, money, patience, and commitment to see that your loved one has everything they need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your commitment to doing it all tells us a lot about you: You have a huge heart, care about others more than yourself, would give a stranger the shirt off your back, and have an endless supply of patience.
So, with that long list of accolades, what could be wrong with the above scenario? There is one person you have excluded from your mission. Who is looking after you? FirstLight of Mission Viejo are professional respite and in home caregivers, so we understand the challenges of caring for the chronically ill. It is demanding. It is emotionally draining. If you are giving 110 percent to your loved one, how much is left to care for your own needs? Are you sleeping enough? Are you doing anything that used to bring you great joy?
Even the most loving family member may begin to develop resentment if they allow their caregiver relationship to completely consume their personal life and pursuit of happiness. You may be totally unaware on a conscious level that this feeling of resentment is growing within you until the loving relationship you used to share becomes one of obligation. When this happens, the caregiver can begin to feel like an unpaid employee instead of a loving son or daughter. Your loved one would much rather have you seated in a chair reading to them or holding their hand than seeing you working to make them comfortable. You both have the same desire: to see the other happy!
What Is Respite Care?
“Respite” means “a short period of relief from something difficult or unpleasant.” When used in connection with caring for elderly or homebound loved ones, respite care service means taking time away from your caregiver responsibilities and focusing on your own needs for a brief time. While you’re away, FirstLight will be there, ensuring your loved one is happy, healthy, and cared for. Our professional team of Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills and Dana Point in home caregivers will provide respite care services in your home or in any setting of your choosing (i.e., a rehab center, hospital, hotel suite). You may choose to enjoy respite care for a few hours, a full day, overnight, or even longer.
FirstLight services are here when you need them – once or on a regular schedule. Although we usually provide respite care to elderly clients, the same services are available for any chronically ill adult in Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Dana Point and additional Southern California communities.
FirstLight Respite Care Services
- Medication reminders
- Help with personal mobility
- Bathing and personal hygiene
- Dementia care
- Special diets and meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
- Other household chores
- And much more!
Remember to Be Yourself
It’s easy to become consumed caring for someone with dementia. Remember, you are still all the people you have always been – a spouse, a parent, a friend, an employee. Even though your close family and friends seem understanding, they still deserve their share of your time. Failing to nurture any of those relationships can lead to increased pressure. You can’t help anyone if you, yourself, become exhausted or physically ill as a result of stress.
Family caregivers are the most selfless people in the world; however, they frequently express feelings of guilt. Remember, you cannot be everything to everybody. You need to make time for yourself, without guilt. You are a much better caretaker when you take a break, step away from the multiple roles you juggle, unwind, revitalize, and invigorate. A time of respite will renew all your relationships, including with the person you care for. When you take time for yourself, you are happier and have more energy.
FirstLight of Mission Viejo’s respite and in home caregiver services will help you remain healthy enough to continue caring for all of your loved ones so no one is left behind.
FirstLight offers respite and in home caregiver services to many California communities including Rancho Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Dana Point, Lake Forest, El Toro, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Coto de Caza, Rancho Santa Margarita and Irvine. Contact us today to see how our respite care services can help you and your loved one.