All You Need to Know About Respite Care
What is Respite Care?
Respite care transfers primary caregiving responsibilities to another party, usually a professional caregiver, friend, or relative. The primary caregivers can take a short-term break from their caregiving responsibilities. If you need to take a break from time to time, this form of care can come in handy.
Respite care can be done in your home, residential centers, and even at special daycare institutions. The breaks can be as short or long as you want. You can set it up for a few hours, days, or even weeks.
Whom is Respite Care Designed For?
Anyone who is sick or has a disability and requires care around the clock can benefit from respite care. Sometimes, caregivers need time to relax and rest, shop, go on vacation, work, appointments, etc. You can use respite care if you are in charge of an individual with an illness or condition such as:
• Brain injury
• Alzheimer’s disease
Respite Care Services
Respite care provides a comfortable and safe place for your relative, friend, or parent while you are away. Trained professionals can look after your loved ones and help them eat or drink, bathe, dress, use the bathroom, exercise, take medications, get in and out of bed, etc.
You also have the option to pick group respite care. This type of care usually occurs in assisted-living facilities, community centers, and adult day care centers. These programs can also include art, dance, and music classes led by trained professionals. Also, they offer entertainment, group means, and time to socialize.
Different Types of Respite Care
1. Respite Care at Home
If you look after your loved one at home, respite care services can come to you. This type of respite care can act as companions for the elderly or an individual who is sick. They keep them company and ensure they don’t get hurt.
Health aids can also do more such as helping the loved one dress, bathe, eat, take medication, groom, etc. Some even fix meals, make beds, and laundry.
2. Respite Care Facilities
Assisted living centers often act as apartment units for the elderly who cannot live on their own anymore. However, some provide temporary stays for respite care.
3. Adult Day Programs or Centers
You can also take your senior loved one to an adult day facility for respite care for several hours or the entire day.
These centers provide music classes, exercise, or meals and are overseen by trained professionals. Some programs will even pick up the seniors and bring them back when the session is over.
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