Respite care is an opportunity for a caregiver to receive assistance from a temporary care facility for an elderly, ill, or handicapped individual or family member.
Taking care of an elderly or disabled family member is never easy, especially if you are balancing work and other obligations. You may need a break from your day-to-day responsibilities as a caregiver. Respite care may be an option for you.
Respite care is an opportunity for a caregiver to receive assistance from a temporary care facility for an elderly, ill, or handicapped individual or family member. Whether it is for a few hours a week or for an entire year, respite care can help you keep your life in balance while caring for your family member.
Respite care can be provided at home, or in a care setting, such as a residential facility or adult day care. Services provided at home offer a range of options including:
- Personal care to provide help with bathing, dressing, and exercising
- Supervision of activities and outings
- Medication management
- Assistance with laundry, shopping, and preparing meals
Adult day care centers are places where your family member can go to be looked after while you run errands. Adult day care provides a safe and social environment for an elderly or disabled family member to visit for a few hours or a full day. Residential facilities may provide an opportunity for an overnight stay if you are on vacation or need an extended break.
Studies show that caregivers are more likely to feel isolated, depressed, and exhausted. It is important you take time for yourself. Respite care not only provides an opportunity for you to recharge your batteries, but it will give you peace of mind knowing your loved one is being cared for in your absence.
When deciding on respite care, be sure to involve your dependent loved one. He or she may be frightened by the idea, or may not fully understand the intention of respite care.
Medicare may only pay for respite care if the person you are caring for has a life-threatening illness and qualifies for hospice benefits. Be sure to discuss respite care with your family member’s insurance carrier.