Respite Care

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Understanding Respite Care

Seeking support and maintaining your own health are key to managing your role as a caregiver. Using respite care before you become exhausted, isolated, or overwhelmed is ideal, but just anticipating regular relief can become a lifesaver. Respite care can take many forms, but boils down to two basic ideas: sharing the responsibility for caregiving and getting support for yourself. Finding the right balance requires persistence, patience, and preparation.

Planning your relief

Planning starts with analyzing needs - both yours and your loved one’s. Assessing your needs for the type, skills, frequency, and location of respite services is critical to ensure you receive appropriate respite. As a caregiver, is support what you need most? Or is it some regular free time? Or maybe help with transportation? Keep track of your daily activities and then make a list of the areas and times when you most need help.

Identifying your loved one’s requirements, abilities, and preferences will also help you find the right match. Are social activities primary? Do they require assistance with walking, eating or medications? Do they need mental stimulation? Or exercise? Answering these questions will help you determine which respite options to pursue.

Exploring Respite Care Services

Family members and friends may be able to help out while you run an errand, take a break, or even go on vacation. However, just as the burden of caregiving is often more than one person can handle, it can also be a tough process for families to share. Rather than replying on family, friends, and neighbors to chip in and assist with the care of a loved one, exploring the services of a professional caregiving service can be a welcomed relief for many families - as even the healthiest families can be severely stressed by ongoing care, and the division of labor is frequently lopsided. Here are some helpful ideas so get a dialogue started about using a professional respite caregiver to alleviate family stress:

  • Talking openly and regularly. Keep everyone up to date on your loved one’s needs and condition. Family members who don’t share the day-to-day caretaking experience may not fully appreciate the situation.
  • Encouraging family members to evaluate what they can reasonably and honestly do. Changing roles and varying resource levels can impact family involvement. Welcome different viewpoints, accept limitations, and be willing to try alternate strategies. Share your list of needs and take advantage of all offers to help.
  • Recognizing your own feelings and discussing disproportionate tasks. Harboring resentment when you need more help can lead to your burnout and impaired health. Ask directly for concrete support and specific time commitments. Consider establishing an online calendar to organize relief and reconfirm schedules.

In-home respite care

In-home services can be occasionally or on a regular basis. Services may last from a few hours to overnight, and can be easily facilitated by a reputable home care company, like Newport Home Care. This popular respite choice enables our clients to remain in their own homes, and can be invaluable for caregivers. Consider which of these options might meet your needs:

  • Can be provided by family members, friends, or neighbors while you take a break. Faith-based, community, and other non-profit organizations recruit volunteers, while home-care businesses provide trained staff to cover short in-home intervals.
  • Stimulation, recreation, companionship, and personal care needs can be provided by a respite caregiver, in addition to assistance with daily living skills such as bathing, dressing, feeding, or toileting, all while you take a break and take care of your own mental and physical health.

Everyone needs a break. Respite care provides family caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the client continues to receive care in a safe environment. Using respite services can support and strengthen your ability to be a caregiver. Respite care can help you as a caregiver by providing a time to relax. It's a good way for you to take time for yourself. Respite care can provide: a chance to spend time with other friends and family, or to just relax, time to take care of errands such as shopping, exercising, getting a haircut or going to the doctor; and perhaps the most important - the comfort and peace of mind knowing that your loved one is spending time with another caring individual.