Tuesday Tips for Caregivers ~ Respite Care. What is It and Who is it for?

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers ~ Respite Care. What is It and Who is it for?

Respite Care: What is It and Who is it for?

Respite care is a form of relief provided to family caregivers who are caring for a loved one. Typically, loved ones receiving care are aging, ill, or have a disability. Think of respite care as a kind of temporary break from caregiving in order to help you find composure, to relax, and step away from the heavy responsibilities of caregiving. While this may seem like a luxury at first, it is actually a very important thing to do if you are able to make it work. Taking care of your health is one of the most crucial things you can do as a primary caregiver. Caregiving often leads to burn out, overstress, lack of sleep, mental health decline, and many other negative things as a result of its stressful responsibilities. Respite care is one of the solutions to help avoid these downsides. The relief respite care provides for you can give you the necessary time you need to take care of yourself, like exercising, getting extra sleep, cooking, or whatever other self-care practices you do.

In this blog, we will go over different forms of respite care to help you consider what might be right for you.

Forms of Respite Care

The overall structure of respite care is a temporary break from caregiving for those who are the primary caregivers of a loved one. Respite care is offered by an organization, like an agency or nurse registry, and is often done at an hourly rate. Its frequency and duration is determined by the client receiving respite care. Unfortunately, health insurance companies do not usually cover the cost of respite care, but Medicare can cover much of the cost for up to five days.[1] Trying to find ways to cover the cost of respite care may involve some research on your part, but any organizations you call can provide you with the necessary information.

There are various types of respite care.

In-Home Respite Care: In-home care usually entails that a certified care professional or a volunteer caregiver go to your home or the home of your loved one. These services can be offered for only a few hours or can occur overnight.

Day Care Centers: This is a form of out-of-home respite care and can be provided for loved ones of all ages. If you are caring for an aging loved one, then you can take advantage of an adult day care center. These centers are designed for adults who have difficulty living independently from their caregiver or who are isolated and lonely.[2] These environments not only ensure that your loved one is safe, but they also make your loved one’s time there fun and enjoyable. They also provided meals catered to your loved one’s particular needs.

Nursing Homes: This is another form of out-of-home care that can provide respite for a longer amount of time. Nursing homes are places where your loved one can stay overnight and are cared for by professional staff employed by the center. If your loved one is a veteran, they may be able to receive subsidized care paid for by the U.S. government.

Help from Family/Friends: While this may not be as formal as the above options, relying on family help can be an important form or respite care. For example, see if you can enlist the help of other family members during the week or at specified times to help give yourself a break. The role of caregiving should not solely fall on one individual. Finding ways to work together with family or friends can make a huge difference. Do not be afraid to ask and be open and honest to your family/friends about what you are experiencing.

If you have questions about respite care, please call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website for more information.

[1] Source: NIH
[2] Source: Help Guide

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