In-Home Respite Care

What is Respite Care?
Respite Care is short term temporary care that helps a family take a break from the daily care giving responsibilities and stress that can occur from care giving for a loved one. Respite Care is an essential part of the overall support that families may need to keep their loved one with a chronic illness or disability at home. Using respite services can support and strengthen your ability to continue taking care of your loved one. Respite Care services are offered through Community Organizations, In-Home Care Agencies, Adult Day Care, Skilled Nursing, and Residential Care Facilities. The most common form of respite services are In-Home Care and Adult Day Care centers.

Who needs Respite Care?
Anyone with hands-on responsibility for a frail or disabled loved one. The decision to seek help is not always an easy task; some believe that seeking the help of others is a sign of weakness or giving up on their loved one. You might even believe you are the only one who can oversee your loved ones care. Respite Care is something you will need before you even know it. A lot of caregivers ignore the signs of being overwhelmed and do not realize they are jeopardizing their health as well. You may worry, you may not like it, but you need to do it. Care giving is a demanding, difficult job and no one is equipped to do it alone.

Respite Care is needed, but I don’t know where to turn.

Respite Care services are offered through several different resources throughout your community. May it be for one day or one week finding services that fit the needs of your loved one can be difficult. The most common form of Respite Care is provided by In-Home Care Agencies. This type of care enables individuals to remain in their own environment and be in the comforts of their own home. May it be for an hour a day or 24 hour care an In-Home care agency can provide for your Respite Care needs. They can assist with meal preparation, light housekeeping, bathing assistance, medication supervision, transportation to appointments, companionship, and much more. In-Home care providers can provide you with a temporary break from your daily care giving responsibilities and allow you to take that well deserved break. Here is a list of other services who may be able to assist you with Respite Care:
  • Adult Day Care
  • Residential Care Facilities
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Family and Friends
You may also check with the local Office on Aging to see what services they may recommend for Respite Care.
If the kind of care your loved one is needing is too costly and the funds are not available; talk to family, friends, neighbors, and church family. People are often willing to help out for a brief period of time if needed. Between community resources and family ties you should be able to put together a schedule so that you are able to take a break.

The 8 questions to ask yourself to see if respite services are needed:

  • You feel you have to do it all yourself, and that you should be doing more.
  • You’re withdrawn from family, friends, and activities that you used to enjoy doing.
  • You worry that the person you care for is safe.
  • You deny the impact of the disease and its effects on your family.
  • You feel grief or sadness that your relationship with the loved one isn’t what it used to be.
  • You get frustrated and angry when your loved one doesn’t do what he/she is suppose to or when they continually repeat things and don’t seem to listen.
  • You have health issues that are taking a toll on you mentally and physically.
  • You are balancing a career, taking care of your family, and are a caregiver.
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, Respite Care may be needed.