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September 28, 2016

When Respite Care Should be Considered for an Elder with Alzheimer’s

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The health of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease will become worse the longer they have this disease. Although you may be more than willing to provide the care they need at the beginning, those feelings may quickly change as the elder’s condition gets worse. As a result, many family caregivers are turning to respite care to get the help their loved ones need, while also giving them a much needed break from caregiving.

Making the decision to use respite care is not one that many caregivers take lightly, but is often necessary. When this type of care is used, a professional home care provider will provide the care and assistance the elder needs on a daily basis.

If you are wondering whether or not this is the right option for you and the elder, here are some signs that respite care is necessary.

Increasingly becoming irritable. When caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, the elder will most likely repeat their questions over and over, continuously forgetting the answer you gave them just a few minutes prior to being asked again. This could cause you to become easily agitated, resulting in snapping at your loved one.

Mistakes are being made. As a caregiver, it is imperative very few mistakes are being made. By giving the elder the wrong dosage of medications or giving it to them at the wrong time, their health could be compromised.

Impatience. Your loved one will need your help with a wide range of trivial tasks, including personal care, toileting, and household chores. If you are losing patience with the elder when they are in need of this level of care, it is time to have a professional in-home care provider take your place.

Depression. Caregiving can be mentally and physically draining, causing you to feel isolated from friends and family members. Becoming isolated can lead to depression, making it challenging to want to care for your elderly parent.

In need of some alone time. With the countless hours needed to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, you may just need a break to take care of your own needs. You do not need to feel selfish for wanting a little “me” time. In fact, it is important to give yourself a little break in order to reenergize your mind and body.

Whether you are feeling mentally and physically drained or simply needs a break from caring for your loved one, respite care may be necessary. Think about these warning signs to see if this is an option you should consider for your loved one.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in St Charles IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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