Take a Break with Respite

If you are the adult child and caregiver of an elderly parent who requires a great deal of care, becoming exhausted and overwhelmed can easily happen. Caregiving in addition to your other responsibilities can place a burden on you and in some cases may affect your health. You may be trying to do more than you are able to do rather than asking or seeking assistance. In order to successfully care for your loved one, you must take care of yourself, too.

If your parent lives with you and requires constant care, taking time for yourself becomes increasingly difficult. There are options that can give you the time you need to take a break even if it’s just for a few days. Many senior care facilities and companies offer respite care services for their clients so that the primary caregiver can take a break for vacation, business or just to rejuvenate.

So, What is Respite?

Respite care is short term care that allows the primary caregiver to take some time to rest or get away for a few days. Respite care is designed to lessen the stress that caregiving often brings.

Types of Respite Care

  • Out-of-Home Respite Care– Your loved one would move into a senior care community for a short period of time. This could be at an assisted living community or a nursing home.
  • In-Home Respite Care– Your loved one would be able to stay at home in a comfortable, familiar environment and a caregiver can come to the house to offer short term in home care to lessen the load.

Choosing Respite Care

Before choosing the right respite care option, there are several questions that need to be answered.

  1. What special services does your loved one need?
  2. Would these services be easy to provide in the home or would a respite stay at an assisted living community be best?
  3. How much does a respite stay cost?  (Medicare only pays for out-of-home respite care for hospice patients)
  4. If you choose out-of-home respite care, is the facility bonded and licensed and will they accept insurance?
  5. What is the ratio of patients to caregivers?

Communities That Offer Respite Stays

To find an assisted living or independent living community that offers respite care in your area, call your local Care Advisor at (866) 662-0435. Your local Care Advisor has information on the best senior living communities in your area that would allow your loved one to stay for just a short period of time.