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What is Respite Care?

What is Respite Care?

In many cases, looking after a loved one who's sick or disabled is a full-time job. Caregiving is challenging work that requires your undivided attention day in and day out, and no one is equipped to do it alone. While you're caring for another individual, you also need a break every now and then to tend to your own affairs. That's where respite care can be helpful. 

So, what are respite services and how could you and your loved one benefit from them? Learn how respite care works, what it offers, and who qualifies.

 

What Is Respite Care and How Does It Work?

Respite care offers short-term assistance for primary caregivers, enabling them to take much-needed breaks from the demands of caring for their elderly, sick, aging, or disabled family members. Professionals trained to care for individuals with special needs or the elderly are equipped to provide respite care services, giving you time back in your day to take care of other priorities or simply give yourself a much-deserved break.

Respite care can be provided in:

  • Your own home

  • Specialized daycare centers

  • Respite care facilities

  • Senior living communities that offer overnight stays


 

Types of Respite Services

To meet the needs of each individual, respite care encompasses a variety of services such as skilled nursing, home-based care, home health, residential, and companionship programs. Although respite care can take many forms, two basic types of respite care services are:

 

In-Home Respite Care

When it comes to caring for the needs of seniors, in-home respite care is growing in importance due to the fact that seniors are living and remaining healthier for longer. Many seniors prefer to reside in the comfort of their own homes but still require a certain degree of assistance with things like cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, and running errands.

In-home respite care services can be provided either as-needed or on a regular basis. This popular respite care option can enable your loved one to maintain independence in their own home while continuing to receive the care they need. It can also be invaluable for you as the primary caregiver. 

Examples of in-home respite care services include:

  • Assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, and grooming

  • Homemaker services such as meal preparation, housekeeping, and shopping

  • Skilled home health care services such as medical assistance and the administration of medications

 

Out-of-Home Respite Care

This form of respite care may be beneficial to you if you're taking a vacation, going on a work trip, or simply need a full day or two to look after your own affairs. Respite care facilities can provide the peace of mind that your loved one is receiving the same level of care from on-site care staff that you would provide. These facilities offer prepared meals, personalized care, and plenty of social opportunities without the need for a long-term commitment. 

 

How Long Can Respite Care Last?

Respite care can be arranged for just an afternoon, a few days, or even for several weeks. Remember, the main goal of respite care is for you to have the time you need to take care of errands, relieve stress, restore your energy, regain balance, and prevent exhaustion. You can schedule respite care appointments for as long or short as you need them to be. 

Respite care can benefit the individual you're caring for, too. According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, respite care services can provide your loved one in need of care with the opportunity to:

  • Socialize and engage with others sharing similar experiences

  • Participate in specialized activities designed to accommodate personal needs and abilities

  • Spend time in a supportive and safe environment

 

What is Emergency Respite Care?

Unexpected situations can arise without warning. During times when you aren't able to schedule respite care services due to an unforeseen event or crisis, many respite care facilities offer emergency care options. A good thing about taking advantage of respite care over time is that if you ever face an emergency like a family crisis or health problem, you'll already have a known and trusted resource to turn to.

 

Who Qualifies for Respite Care?

Any individual of any age who's disabled or ill qualifies for respite care. You might benefit from respite care if you're caring for an individual with:

  • Cancer

  • Blindness

  • A stroke

  • A brain injury

  • Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia 

 

If you're searching for a trustworthy, compassionate, and caring respite service for your loved one, contact us today. With expert leadership, compassionate staff members, and amenity-rich environments, our community can provide the peace of mind you’re looking for while offering a positive, welcoming space for your loved one to enjoy.