ASK THE EXPERT – RESPITE CARE GIVES YOU THE BREAK YOU NEEDBack to Blog Home
Q: I care for my husband who has Alzheimer’s. I love to do it, but sometimes I get so overwhelmed. This spring my granddaughter is getting married and I’m afraid I will have to miss her wedding because I can’t leave my husband alone. What should I do?
A: I commend you for taking care of your husband during his journey with Alzheimer’s disease, but I would strongly encourage you to take care of yourself too! Often the health of primary caregivers begins to decline because of physical and emotional exhaustion. It is important to take breaks and to make your own well-being a priority. You could ask a family member or friend to help or you could hire an agency like Freedom Home Care to provide respite care for your husband. This could be a regular visit from an in-home caregiver so you can get out with a friend, run errands or just take a walk. Maybe you could hire a caregiver so you could occasionally get a good night’s sleep. You need to do whatever helps you to feel refreshed. You could arrange respite care for a weekend or for an evening so you could attend your granddaughter’s wedding without worrying if your husband is okay. There are many home care options to fit your schedule and individual needs. We also provide Case Managers who can help you navigate through some of the challenges of being a primary caregiver for your loved one. In-home assessments are free and available by calling 507.387.HOME (4663).
Ask The Expert – April 2018
Sharon Chader, LSW, has been working with older adults for over 46 years. She has experience in caring for chronically mentally ill older adults, was a hospice social worker and previously owned Elder Care Services, Inc.—recently acquired by Freedom Home Care. Sharon has a degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in social work and sociology. She is an advanced professional member of the Aging Life Care Association and is a Certified Care Manager by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Sharon currently serves on the Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Social & Behavioral Sciences Advisory Council, the Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s Committee and the Minnesota State University, Mankato Chesley Center on Aging. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys gardening, fishing, camping, helping with church youth and traveling.