Respite care is a great option for many families and it comes in a number of different forms! Respite care is designed to give the family caregiver a break. Many family caregivers feel they must provide care at all times. The truth is, care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is not sustainable.
For families that do not wish to move their loved one or hire in home care permanently, respite care is a great option. This provides an opportunity for the family caregiver to run errands, complete various appointments, or simply have time to sit back and relax.
In-home respite care is an option for families to hire an agency that will provide caregiver or companion services without weekly minimum requirements. Many home care agencies require weekly minimums that would prevent them from offering respite services. However, those that offer respite services can provide service for a limited amount of hours on a given day.
Adult day centers are becoming increasingly popular due to the change of caregiving and companion services. As mentioned above, many care agencies require weekly minimums, making in-home respite care hard to come by. Adult day centers are a great option. Many centers have two options, half-day (four hours) or full day (eight hours). These centers are designed to not only provide the family caregiver with an alternative but also an outlet for the patient themselves. Many have a full range of activities and events for their members everyday of the week.
Community respite care options are also a great outlet as they too provide half and full, as well as overnight options. Whether half day, full day or an overnight stay, the care within a community would match what is done for those who are already residents. Those under respite care are invited to join the activities and events for the day, as well as utilize the amenities of the community where applicable.
If a move or in-home care is not an option for your family, consider respite care. The unfortunate truth, many family caregivers pass before the person they are caring for due to burnout. Although there may be a feeling of guilt looming over as you search for options, know that allowing yourself time to relax will only lead to greater care for your loved one.