Caring for others is an exhausting, stressful and often selfless job. If you are the primary caregiver for a loved one, it is important that you take care of yourself too so that you don’t burn out or become ill. Employing a Neighbors Home Health Aide (HHA) for a few hours a week, over a weekend or even for a stretch of a few weeks will give you time to enjoy some of the things you love and allow you to restore your energy.
Seeking help does not make you a failure. It is a healthy way for you to restore yourself physically and emotionally. It is also a way to make you a stronger and happier caregiver. While you’re relaxing or taking care of yourself, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your loved one is safe and in caring, capable hands.
- You can employ an aide for a few hours a week to give you time to run errands, get a haircut, exercise, shop or just relax.
- When you want to take a vacation, travel out of town for a special event such as a wedding, or need to look after a health issue of your own, you can employ an aide for a weekend or longer period.
- When your house is full of guests for the holidays or some other reason and you have less time to devote to the care of an elderly loved one, you can hire an aide for a few hours a day for a short period of time.
- Future emergencies or other unplanned situations can create an immediate need for care by someone other than you. It may be a good idea to try one of our aides before an urgent need arises so that your loved one is accustomed to having someone else in the house and so that you have a plan if the need arises.
Whatever the reason, the time you take will be good for you and good for your loved one too — sometimes they need a short break from you too. It can be refreshing and mentally stimulating for them to interact with someone new. Our HHAs have not heard your loved one’s stories before so they will be a captive and fascinated audience.
You should never feel guilty taking some time for yourself. You deserve to take care of yourself and your own well-being.
Our aides are here to help:
- Maintain your loved one’s daily routine
- Provide companionship and supervised activities
- Help with personal care activities such as bathing, dressing, toileting and exercising
- Do housekeeping, laundry, shopping and prepare meals