More and more aging adults are choosing to live on their own for as long as possible. For these folks, moving to an assisted living facility or nursing home -or even a retirement community – is out of the question for now. Helping seniors maintain as much independence as possible while remaining at home is the goal of in-home senior caregiver agencies.
But caregivers don’t have to be full-time or even permanent. A number of scenarios could result in the need for a temporary caregiver, and most agencies are happy to provide the amount of care – and the level of services – required, with the knowledge that the care will be temporary. These are three common scenarios where hiring a temporary senior caregiver is an ideal solution for a short-term need.
Respite for Family Caregivers
For family members who care for an aging loved one, caregiver burnout is a serious concern. Caregiver burnout is characterized by feelings of physical and emotional exhaustion, and it can cause a shift in attitude from compassionate and positive to ambivalent and negative.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, caregiver burnout typically occurs when a care-giving family member is saddled with more of the responsibility for care than they can handle, either physically, emotionally, or financially.
While family caregivers often feel guilty for wanting or needing time to themselves, taking time away from caring for an aging loved one is absolutely essential for everyone’s happiness and wellbeing. And that’s where temporary care comes in. Hiring an outside care provider for a day or two a week – or even a few hours a day – can allow the primary family caregiver time to maintain social relationships, take care of personal business and have some time to enjoy life and maintain perspective.
Recovery from surgery
Recovering from surgery often means limited mobility for a time, and those in recovery may benefit from a temporary in-home skilled nurse, who can help change wound dressings, check vital signs, and report any changes in condition to the senior’s physician and family members. If medical care is unnecessary, a companion caregiver can offer mobility support, provide company to keep the senior’s spirits up, assist with exercises, help with housekeeping tasks that may prove too painful for the senior, and help the senior tend to various hygiene tasks that are currently too painful or difficult to manage alone.
Transitioning Home from the Hospital
According to experts offering in-home and respite care for seniors in Jackson, NJ, the transition from a long hospital stay back home can feel overwhelming for many seniors who have become accustomed to around-the-clock care and allowing others to make decisions for them. Home is so much quieter than a hospital, and that can be unsettling for many seniors.
A short-term senior care provider can help make the transition easier by spending a few hours a day or more with the senior to help out around the house, provide company and engage the senior in activities, and help out with hygiene tasks or administering medications.
In-home senior care can include skilled nursing services to help monitor vital signs and offer medical assistance as well as companion care providers whose main role is to provide company to prevent feelings of boredom and isolation, which can be detrimental to a senior’s physical and emotional health, and to offer help with meal preparation, light housekeeping, and hygiene assistance.