Parenting is not the easiest task in the world, but it definitely is rewarding. As parents, we spend most of our time trying to take care of our children. Feeding and bathing them, dropping off and picking up from school, and helping with homework are just a handful of tasks that parents do on a daily basis. The list of tasks is endless, and as the laundry is finished, dinner is made, and dishes cleaned up each night, parents are already exhausted thinking about the next day.
When you are parenting a special needs child the daily list of tasks change and often increases. There are more doctor visits, therapy appointments, and health problems that brings constant worry and stress. Many parents do not realize that they can ask for help and support from outside services, but they can!
In-home care is an option for parents who need an extra hand or respite during emotional and physically overwhelming times. Taking care of a child with special needs can quickly take its toll on a parent who does not have time for themselves. In-come care for children with disabilities also allows parents to better focus on other children and family members as well as providing extra time and help to complete tasks that need to get done.
What Does In-Home Care Offer To Parents Of Children With Special Needs?
In-home care providers are available for you during your time of need. They are not nurses and do not perform medical services, but they do provide assistance that can help parents ease tension and stress that can be damaging to their own health. To keep caregivers of children with special needs healthy, in-home caregivers can provide support so that caregivers do not fall ill themselves and maintain the ability physically and mentally to care for their children.
In-home Services Can Include:
- Respite Care – Respite care isn’t just for the gravely ill. In-home care providers can come into your home for a scheduled amount of time and allow parents to take some time to themselves or other family members. Parents can spend some time on a hobby, get a massage, or go grocery shopping. The point is to give the permanent caregiver a break so that they can continue to support their loved ones with special needs.
- Housekeeping – In-home providers provide light-housekeeping services. They can offer help with laundry, cleaning dishes, vacuuming, dusting, and more.
- Errand Running – Having another hand that can run errands is immensely beneficial to parents of children with special needs. No need to pack up the kids to pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy or groceries for dinner, in-home care providers can do that!
Asking for help isn’t always easy. Especially when you are trying to be a good parent and take care of all your many responsibilities, but taking care of your family includes taking care of yourself. If you are a parent of a child with special needs, remember help will be there when you ask for it. Be honest about what your needs are and ask. Some insurance companies will help cover the cost of in-home services depending on the type of disability of the child. You don’t have to struggle to keep up with the demands of parenthood. If you need help, just ask. To schedule a free in-home assessment and discuss options call SYNERGY HomeCare today!