What You Need To Know About Respite Care
What Is Respite Care?
Respite Care is the name used for the breaks that caregivers take. When looking after a person that is disabled or sick, it is a round-the-clock job. You also need to take breaks so you can look after yourself. This is when Respite Care comes in.
Respite Care often takes place in:
• In a residential center that provides overnight stays
• At a special daycare center
• In your home
With Respite Care, you get to decide how short or how long your break will be. For example, Respite Care can take place over a couple of hours, one day, a week, or even a couple of weeks.
Who Can Benefit From Respite Care?
Someone with a disability or illness may require 24/7 care. But caregivers also need a bit of time to relax and rest, go shopping, go on a vacation, exercise, work, or attend appointments.
You may require Respite Care when you are looking after someone that has one of these conditions:
• A stroke
• Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
• A brain injury
Respite Care Services
Respite Care provides a comfortable and safe environment for a loved one when you are away. Trained providers are able to talk and sit with a person that is ill or disabled. These providers can also assist your parent or loved one with the following:
• Taking medications
• Getting out of and into bed
• Enjoying outdoor activities
• Drinking and eating
There is also the option to choose something known as Group Respite Care. These services are usually available at assisted-living facilities, community centers, or adult daycare centers.
Some of the programs include art classes, dance, or music that is led by professional and trained providers. They also often provide entertainment, group meals, or the time for patients to socialize with each other.
Respite Care Types
At Home Respite Care
If your loved one lives in your home, you can hire a provider to come to your home.
The at-home Respite Care providers can act as a companion to an elderly or sick person. They not only provide companionship but also make sure your loved one doesn’t hurt themselves.
A home health aide often provides additional services, such as helping your loved one to eat, take medications, groom, dress, and bathe. Some of the care providers may also make beds, prepare meals, and do a bit of light housework.
Adult Day Programs Or Centers
You can also take a loved one to an adult daycare center for Respite Care for a day or a couple of hours.
These centers often provide meals, music classes, and exercise supervised by qualified and trained staff. Some of the programs also provide a service to collect the elderly or sick person from your home and then drop them back off again when the session comes to an end.
Respite Care Facilities
The assisted-living facilities usually consist of apartment complexes dedicated to older adults who are no longer able to live alone. Some of these facilities also provide short-term stays dedicated to Respite Care.
This is also known as Short-Term Assisted Living or Residential Respite Care.