Being a primary caregiver to a senior loved one is a big responsibility, and even the most committed caregivers need a break at times. This is where respite care can help. It is a short-term care option to provide relief to a primary caregiver. It is used by caregivers when they are traveling or going on vacation.
Leaving an elderly loved one alone can be daunting to any full-time caregiver. However, having a respite care checklist that the new respite care provider can follow will ease worries. This allows permanent caregivers to relax when they take some time off or attend an urgent errand.
Caregivers should always provide the following information for a new respite care provider before they leave:
Every caregiver should leave behind detailed medical information about their senior loved one, which should include:
The caregiver should give information on their loved one's normal routine that should include:
Before leaving, caregivers should list out all the appointments the senior has, including doctor’s appointments, haircuts, activities, scheduled visits to family and friends, and anything else relevant. Ensure that the respite care provider has a list of all guests that plan to visit. This is a critical safety precaution.
A respite care provider may not have any prior knowledge of who the senior is or what their care needs are. Provide the following information to help them understand the situation better:
Write these details down and discuss it with your new caregiver before you leave. Answer any questions or doubts they may have. Share a printed and an electronic copy of the above information with the respite caregiver.
Newport Home Care can provide efficient in-home respite care for senior people and dementia patients in the absence of family caregivers. Contact our professional respite care services to ensure safe and compassionate senior in-home care for your loved ones.