May 12, 2017 by Chris Gamble
In its simplest form, respite care refers to temporary, short-term care provided to a senior so family caregivers can take a break. Ranging from a few hours to several days, respite care gives family members the ability to take time off without worrying about their senior loved one's safety or well-being.
Respite care can take place at an adult day care facility, nursing home, or in the senior's own home. The benefits of in-home care are obvious: by allowing a senior to remain in their own home, the stress, anxiety, and fear that surround moves, especially when they involve words like "nursing home", can be avoided. Further, seniors are more comfortable when they are surrounded by their own furnishings and memories and can sleep in their own bed. Familiarity takes on special significance when seniors are suffering from dementia or other memory impairment.
In addition to choosing a location for care, planning for personal care services should include an analysis of the type and extent of care or support that is required. By carefully identifying a senior's specific requirements, in home care providers can be matched to your loved one's personality and needs. After all, if your loved one needs to get out and walk a few miles each day, it is best to have a caregiver who is able to keep up with them. Likewise, seniors who require personal care assistance may have preferences when it comes to gender, the ability of the caregiver to support their weight, etc.
Seniors who have special needs will want to ensure the respite care agency is equipped to deal with their unique requirements. For example, dementia and Alzheimer's care are both known for wearing down family caregivers, and respite breaks are essential for the caregiver's health and peace of mind. Comfort Keepers caregivers are specially trained to provide detailed care and support to seniors with dementia or Alzheimer's; not all caregivers are, however, so be careful.
In short, respite care support gives family caregivers the peace of mind needed to take time off from their caregiving duties. There is no specific reason required for utilizing senior care, and service times range from a few hours to several days. By properly planning for time away and talking to your senior loved one about the change of care in advance, home care can be a tremendous blessing to all involved.
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