What is Respite Care? I Have Heard this Mentioned in the Past, but Never Quite Understood the Concept.
The Webster dictionary defines a respite as an “interval of rest or relief.” Some providers of both assisted living and skilled care offer a short-term stay that they refer to as “respite care.” For family caregivers that choose to keep their loved ones at home, respite care can be provided in the home by a non-medical home care company.
Respite care is designed to give family members who are the primary caregivers a break from the stress of daily caregiving duties. Respite care can be provided for a few hours, overnight or for days at a time. The amount of respite care varies with the needs of each family. Live-in care, a form of respite care, can also be provided by a non-medical home care company for caregivers who are still active and/or working and have a family member who needs twenty-four supervision. A non-medical home care caregiver can also assist with household chores and meal preparation in addition to personal care assistance and general supervision to help alleviate some of the stress associated with being a family caregiver. Some agencies offer R.N. supervision, transportation, and provide special caregiver training.
“Respite care” is an important tool for the family caregiver, improving both their mental and physical health, which also benefits the individual they are caring for.