Respite care, simply defined is a short stay at a community such as an assisted living campus. It is designed for seniors or disabled individuals who need day-to-day living assistance for a temporary amount of time.
Before making the decision on what is best for you or your loved one, you should know the benefits of respite care, how it's different from in-home care, the services offered and the cost difference. It's helpful to have all the knowledge associated with such care before making the decision.
The biggest benefit of respite care is the assurance that your loved one will be receiving professional licensed care from staff members who have been thoroughly trained and screened. They'll receive care planned around their individual needs, such as getting dressed or bathing. They'll also have personal medication management so you won't have to worry about missed doses or unnoticed medical issues. Besides top notch care, your senior will have access to a full range of social activities so they'll be less likely to get homesick or lonely. Every aspect of your senior's needs will be met:
Respite care is a perfect choice any time your elder needs short term supervision that can't be provided by their usual caregiver. Here are some typical situations where respite care is the perfect solution:
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving almost one third of in-home caregiving is given by a family member, and the average number of hours a week spent giving care is 20. Often professional in-home care is added when the senior's health worsens or the family member becomes overwhelmed. Professional help can be in the form of a visiting nurse making scheduled visits several times a week or in the form of a paid caregiving aide. Usually the family member is in charge of the senior's medication and bears the brunt of coordinating doctor appointments and all other aspects of elder care. If the primary caregiver is employed outside the home they often miss work, and caregiving homes have an income 15 percent below average. Over 20 percent of caregivers report their own health is fair or poor after just five years of caring for their loved one.
In contrast, respite care is a consistent caring environment designed for the comfort of the senior. Because the staff is specifically trained to provide elder care they cater to each senior individually. In addition, because they see your loved one every day they will spot a change in health more quickly than a visiting nurse or aide might. Respite care also takes into account the importance of social interaction so your parent will not be as isolated as they are when homebound.
Respite care services are personalized so that each resident gets the exact care they need. Here are some examples of the services your parent will enjoy:
The overall cost of respite care will depend on the type of care they require. As each level of offered care gives more individual attention to each person.
The overall cost isn't comparative to in-home care because respite care is all-inclusive. There are no utilities, home maintenance, housekeeping, or transportation costs added as it is when you receives in-home care.
When you tour the facility you'll receive an exact cost based on the level of required care and the planned length of the stay.
Respite care can be a huge help for those who just need time to recover, for both the loved one and the caregiver. The purpose is just like the definition of respite - a temporary rest or relief. This care is to provide just that time to rest for a short period of time, for you or your loved one.
Now that you have done your research, you would should know if it's a good fit for you or your loved one. If you have any other questions that we haven't answered for you, please feel free to reach out to us. We would be happy to help.