What is Respite Care?
Respite is a senior care solution for caregivers in need of extra support to help care for an aging loved one. It allows caregivers time to rest and relax and take care of their own personal needs. Respite can be something as informal as a friend coming to stay with your family member for a few hours while you go out to a more formal process of moving your aging family member to an assisted living community for a temporary stay. Health professionals encourage caregivers to consider respite a necessary support system for managing both their stress and their own personal health.
Types of Respite Care
There are several types of respite you can take advantage of when you are a caregiver:Read more...
Informal Respite - Having a friend sit with your loved one for a few hours while you take a break.
Friendly Visitor Programs - Churches, synagogues and other religious organizations often have parish nurse programs or volunteers who help act as friendly visitors for shut-ins.
In-Home Care - Home care agencies can be hired to provide care for your loved one in their own familiar environment. It can be for just a few hours one day a week or to provide around the clock care if you need to go out-of-town for a wedding or business trip.
Adult Day Programs - Utilizing an adult day program during weekdays can be a cost-effective respite solution. Programs are often run by area non-profit organizations like The Alzheimer's Association. Many make it easier for families by offering transportation to and from the center.
Assisted Living Community - Don't overlook your local assisted living community. Many of them offer respite programs that allow your loved one to stay at the community for up to one month. Costs can be fairly reasonable. With the fine dining and active life enrichment calendar, your loved one might look at it as a mini-vacation.
Paying for Respite Care
Payment for respite care typically comes from a family's private resources. There are some local and state sources that may help. Contact your local agency on aging for more information.
The National Respite Network has a comprehensive guide The ABCs of Respite for Family Caregivers that you can download at no cost to get answers to any questions you might have about respite care.
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