Respite Services Article
Senior Homecare Resources
Caregiver Support: Respite Care Options
Jenee Mendillo, Bayshore Health and Homemaker Services, Inc.
The challenges of caring for a loved one are part of daily life for many individuals. Caregiving can be a thankless and demanding job. Getting help is essential for the caregiver’s physical and mental health and may help the caregiver continue to be a positive force in the life of their loved one. The choice to care for a loved one in a home setting can be very beneficial to the person needing care. But the time will come when the caregiver finds themselves worn-out or even becoming ill from self-neglect. Caregiver Support is essential to allow caregivers time off to recharge and refresh. Respite care can give you the time to need to refuel.
Respite care provides short term breaks that relieve stress, restore energy, and regain balance in the life of the caregiver. You may be surprised at how many local respite services are available for caregiver support.
Reputable respite care options consist of adult day centers, residential programs and in-home respite services. The first step in choosing the appropriate type of respite care is to determine your need for refreshment as well as the needs of your loved one.
If your loved one is in need of social stimulation and could use a change of scenery you may find adult day care to be an excellent option. With this respite care option you can get away for few hours a week and recharge your batteries. Adult day care allows you to bring your loved one to a welcoming and safe environment where they can interact with others much like themselves. These centers offer planned activities and health supervision. Adult day centers operate during daytime hours and usually during week days.
Other helpful respite services are residential programs. If you are ever in the need to take a weekend away or take some time off for even longer. Many assisted living communities offer temporary respite care for varying lengths of time. Group homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and other specialized facilities provide emergency and planned overnight caregiver support services, allowing caretakers 24-hour relief. Although medical insurance generally does not cover overnight respite services, long term care policies and veterans programs may subsidize care.
For those who prefer to be cared for in their own home, Private home care is an excellent option. You can hire an agency to send you a qualified and experienced caregiver occasionally or on a regular basis. Services may last from a few hours, when needed, to overnight. Such services can be arranged through a private-duty home health agency. This popular respite care choice enables special-needs individuals to remain in their own environments, and can be a valuable respite option for caregivers supports.
Bayshore Home Care is located in Tampa Bay, Florida and is able to customize a plan of care for each client and family they serve. An experienced home health aide can provide compassionate respite care for your loved one. Bayshore Home Care's skilled nurses can come to your home and provide a free consultation before a home health aide is ever sent to provide care. Consider which of these caregiver support options best meet your needs and the needs of your loved one.