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Short-Term Senior Care: When to Access Respite Care

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If your loved one needs extra support for a short period, you don’t need to commit to senior living or full-time housing. Short-term support is available through respite care. While respite care can benefit your loved one, when should you access it? 

Continue reading to learn more about respite care, including what it is, what it provides, and when you should consider accessing this service. 

What Is Respite Care? 

Respite care is short-term relief for your loved one, providing them with the care and support they need. It can be beneficial for someone recovering from a procedure or medical problem or a way for caregivers to rest. 

During respite care, your loved one receives the daily support they require while you have time away from daily care. Respite services can last for a day or several, as long as needed in most situations. 

What Does Respite Care Provide? 

Respite care offers many services for your loved one, depending on their unique needs. These services include

  • Interaction with similar people
  • A safe, supportive environment
  • New activities designed for their abilities & needs
  • Daily care & support customized for their needs

As your loved one’s regular support, you can relax knowing they’re in good hands, receiving the care they need. Whether you seek respite care for additional assistance, time to yourself, or to attend to a family emergency, your loved one has the care and support they need. 

Types of Respite Care

When looking at respite care services, there are different options to consider. Respite care can happen in or out of the home, giving you options for your loved one’s needs. 

In-Home Care

In-home respite care allows your loved one to stay in the home they feel comfortable in while providing the comprehensive care they need. A professional caregiver helps support your loved one’s daily needs, giving you a break or providing extra care as your loved one recovers from an illness, injury, or other problem. 

Services offered via in-home respite care include: 

  • Companion services, including supervised activities 
  • Personal care or health support, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, & exercising 
  • Home or maid services to assist with laundry, shopping, or meal preparation
  • Care services, such as medication management 

Out-of-Home Care

Out-of-home respite care services provide the same care as in-home options but in a different location. Some providers focus solely on respite care, while others include senior living communities with respite care as an additional service. 

Your loved one receives the care they need and experiences living in a specialized community, enjoying the same amenities that the residents receive. 

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Who Can Benefit From Respite Care? 

Respite care can benefit you and your loved one. Giving your loved one additional care offers you some time away from your regular routine, letting you rest and recharge. 

For your loved one, respite care can provide them with a new experience if staying at a senior living community. Your loved one can meet new people and experience the services and amenities offered by that community. 

The services provided with respite care can be beneficial for anyone living with the following conditions

When Should You Access Respite Care? 

You may seek respite care to help your loved one recover, give yourself a break for daily care, or test the waters of senior living. 

Recovery From Surgery or Illness

Illness, injury, or surgery can mean your loved one needs more than their usual care as they recover. Your loved one may need supervision, support, and help with daily activities, but long-term hospital stays may not be an option. Respite care services can help your loved one receive the support they need as they rest. 

Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is the physical, emotional, and psychological effects of caring for another. It’s a common experience for many caregivers, and you may feel burnt out, tired, or anxious. These feelings are valid, and you deserve time to yourself—which is where respite care comes in. 

Respite care offers caregivers the chance to take a short break so they can return to their loved one feeling recharged. 

A Test for Future Senior Living

Respite care can be a great insight into the lifestyles offered in senior living communities. Your loved one can experience what it’s like living in a community before deciding to move. They have access to all the services, experiences, and amenities available in the community during their stay. 

Respite Care Is Available Whenever You or Your Loved One Needs It

Respite care is here whenever you or your loved one needs it, providing timely care and support for their needs. You can rest and relax while your loved one enjoys daily care or they receive the additional support they need to recover from an injury or illness. Whatever the need, respite care is available. Contact your local respite care provider if you’re interested in this service.

Ryan Donahue

Written by Ryan Donahue, Regional Vice President

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