Need a Break From Caregiving? Consider Respite Care

March 26, 2024
March 26, 2024

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), 53 million Americans are currently providing care for a family member or friend. What's more, the CDC reports that almost one-third of caregivers provide care at least 20 hours a week.  

While caregiving is undoubtedly a rewarding role, that care is often unpaid, can last for years, and is in addition to the caregiver's other family responsibilities as well as their job. As such, caregivers often endure a high physical, emotional, and financial toll, making self-care critical.  

Respite care can give you that much-needed break. Here's how.

What is respite care?

This senior living option consists of planned or emergency care that provides temporary relief to those caring for loved ones. Any adult with developmental, mental, and physical needs is an appropriate candidate for respite care. Typical scenarios in which respite care can help caregivers include the following:

  • When time away from caregiver duties is needed due to vacation, personal or business affairs, travel, or simply to take a much-needed break.
  • If your loved one has completed a hospital stay or rehabilitation but would benefit from added care.
  • When a caregiver has undergone same-day surgery or other outpatient procedures and needs a day or two of rest before resuming their daily routines.
  • Respite care is even an option for prospective senior living residents and their families who would like to evaluate the benefits of senior living before making a permanent move.

Tips for choosing a respite care provider

With all the care you provide your loved one, from bathing to dressing to meals to transportation to laundry to shopping to medication management to companionship to emotional support and more, it can be hard to think about someone else stepping in, even if it's temporary. That's why it's crucial for your peace of mind and your loved one to find the right fit for respite care.  

To do so, check the respite care options in your area and narrow the list to a few you'd like to visit. Or call if the need is more urgent. Then, ask each one the following questions:

  • What types of services do you provide?
  • What respite care accommodations are available?
  • What type of training do your staff members receive?
  • What is the staff-to-resident care guest ratio?
  • How much advance scheduling is required for respite care?
  • Does this type of care qualify for coverage by Medicare or other insurance?
  • On average, what is the typical time frame for respite care?
  • What snack/meal options are provided?
  • Do respite care guests have access to all community amenities?
  • What daily activities do you offer?
  • What is your policy for visitors?
  • What is your policy for medical emergencies?

Make sure you also ask for references.

Respite care at Friendship

Our respite care is tailored to meet the needs of our guests and their caregivers. Respite care stays are available in our assisted living residences for up to 30 days and include spacious accommodations in a private or semi-private room with a private bath. Housekeeping, linens, and dining are provided. Our staff is available round the clock, and we administer medications and assist with personal care.  

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