Caring Respite Care Services For Seniors
Caregiving can be very demanding and time consuming. And when there are medical issues involved it can be helpful to get some assistance and give yourself a needed break. Contrary to what some people believe, getting help for your loved one does not make you a failure, it is a normal and healthy way of managing these challenging situations.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while their loved one continues to receive care in a safe environment. Respite care can be provided by a family member, a friend, a volunteer or paid service.
Where is Respite Care Provided?
Respite care can be provided at home, or in a facility outside the home such as a residential facility, or an adult day care center.
How Can Respite Care Services Help?
Respite services are helpful when a family member is not able to provide care, needs to have a short leave of absence, or at time when your loved one is in the process of recovery from a fall, illness, broken bone or surgery.
Respite care can help you or your loved one by providing the following:
- Specialized personal or medical care
- Extra time for you to rest, or to spend time with friends and family
- Peace of mind knowing that your loved one is spending time with a caring person
- An opportunity for you to run some errands such as going shopping, going to the doctor, exercising, or going to the hairdresser
- Help for your loved one while you to recuperate from illness or hospitalization
Respite care services can give your loved one the opportunity to:
- Participate in activities that can enrich their lives
- Be with, and socialize with others
- Be in a safe and supportive environment
- Have their medical and personal needs met so that they can continue to live as independently as possible
In-Home Respite Care Services
We provide the following caring and essential respite service:
- Skilled care services that take care of medical and medication needs
- Homemaker services to help with preparing meals, cleaning, laundry, and shopping
- Companionship services that may include accompanying you or your loved one to supervised activities in the community
- Personal care or home health aide services to provide assistance with exercising, bathing, dressing, and toileting
Other Respite Options
Another option for Respite care is a Residential facility. Residential facilities such as group homes, nursing homes, and hospitals offer the option of day programs, or an overnight stay for days or weeks. Overnight care allows caregivers an opportunity to take an extended break or vacation while their loved one stays in a supervised, safe environment.
In a residential facility, during the daytime, staff typically lead planned activities, such as arts, exercise, games, and music programs. Meals, transportation, and snacks may also be provided.