A Case for Respite Care
Respite care is a form of care provided for those whose family caregivers need a break. Family caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed can arrange a time for a professionally trained caregiver to take care of their loved ones. This arrangement can be made from only one day up to every day of the week. The overall goal of respite care is to provide family caregivers a break from the physically and emotionally draining role of caregiving. Respite care can be necessary to help family members take a break for fear of “burning out,” which means working oneself to the point of over-exhaustion. In this blog we will describe the further benefits of respite care and the different kinds of respite care that exists out there.
Forms of Respite Care
(1) In-home care: This type of care is usually performed by a professionally trained and certified caregiver who will actually come into your house at whatever arranged time you choose. These caregivers are trained for various situations like transferring their patients, personal/hygienic care, companion care (talking, entertaining, etc.), and assisting with chores around the house. If you are interested, nurse registries like ElderCare at Home work specifically to find you certified caregivers to come to your house at appropriate times and for reasonable rates.
(2) Volunteer care: This is much like in-home care, but this is usually done informally by family members, friends, or local volunteers. One of the biggest benefits of this form of care is that it is usually free, unless you decide to compensate the person who is helping you out. Many times, family members work out a schedule to try and divide the load of work. To organize this kind of arrangement, it is helpful to hold a family meeting and to have an honest conversation about who can do what.
(3) Adult Day Care: These centers provide care and guardianship for individuals who cannot care for themselves. These centers are aimed at relieving family caregivers from their duties for the day, so they are an appropriate solution for respite care. There are many “genres” of adult day care centers aimed at particular aspects of your loved one’s conditions. For example, if you loved one is healthy enough to socialize, some adult day care centers facilitate socializing. Others are aimed at providing care if your loved one has serious health conditions. Not only can it give you some time to take a rest, but it can also be nice for your loved one to be in a new environment and to meet new people.
Finding the appropriate accommodations will require that you do some brainstorming, financial planning, and organizing. Despite the work that goes into finding the appropriate arrangements, once you figure out what works best for you and your loved one, you can finally set aside some time to take a much-needed break. Caregiving is an exhausting job and you are not expected to do it all alone. If you have questions, please call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.