Respite Care Is Care For The Whole Family, Not Just Your Loved One

Elderly couple sitting in front of the beach during respite care

Being a full-time caregiver can be a very demanding job that requires round-the-clock attention and prioritization. However, seeking support from time to time is important for consistently offering quality care to our loved ones. The daily obligation of caregiving can ultimately leave us feeling burnt out and even damage the relationship we have with the people we’re caring for. Taking some time for yourself can provide you with the focus and energy you need to accomplish your duties. Furthermore, having some extra hands can also prove to be an educational experience that offers us more insight into how we can be better caregivers. The experience of taking care of our loved ones is usually a long and laborious journey, but it should be an extremely fulfilling one too. Exploring options for respite care can provide you with the recharged batteries you need to be the best primary caregiver you can be.

What is respite care?

Respite care offers temporary relief for primary caregivers so they can focus on themselves or other pressing matters. It can vary from an afternoon to a few days or even weeks at a time. Respite care can also be provided in various settings, including at home, in a healthcare facility, in an assisted living facility, or at an adult day center. Most people don’t instinctively know how to care for the sick, elderly, or disabled, which is why having some helping hands can be extremely beneficial for your wellbeing. 

What are the benefits of respite care? 

This service can help relieve a family’s stress and promote a healthier balance in a primary caregiver’s life. Common side effects of prolonged caregiving include loneliness, exhaustion, irritability, and anxiety, but respite care can help you manage these emotions. In regards to the person you care for, having some new help might provide them with needed stimulation, social interactions, and a change of routine. 

Types of respite care:

Primary caregivers have a few options to choose from when exploring respite care for their loved ones. They include:

In-home Respite Care

Trained volunteers or paid help for in-home respite care can be acquired directly or through a certified agency. The extent of their services can range from a few hours to overnight while not requiring your loved one to leave the comfort of their space. These personal care providers can offer a variety of services including meal preparation, housekeeping tasks, bathing, dressing, and more. There are also more volunteer caregivers that have medical training and have the expertise to cater to your loved one’s medical needs. 

Out-of-home respite care

Primary caregivers can choose from various private and nonprofit programs that offer respite care for their loved ones. Adult daycare centers provide adult and senior citizens with meals, personalized health care, and needed social interaction through numerous activities. These programs usually operate during the workweek at daytime hours and allow primary caregivers to work or perform other necessary tasks. Residential programs are another option for out-of-home respite care and can vary in length. Facilities like hospitals and nursing homes can offer primary caregivers both pre-planned and emergency overnight relief. 

Planning for respite care

Understanding the types and frequency of respite care your loved one needs is essential to planning future options. We recommend taking notes on the areas of caregiving you need the most help with, how often you find yourself in need of relief, and other factors that will help give you an idea of what respite care is right for you. Finding the right match for the person you care for also requires knowing what matters to them. Some dependents are in need of social interaction and mental stimulation, while others require more physical tasks like bathing, eating, and health care. These should all be factored in when deciding on respite care services. 

Using Independent providers

Although we might feel like no one can care for our loved ones as well as we do, we still need a break from time to time. That is why it’s important to thoroughly research your options to offer you peace of mind during this process. If you decide to consider independent respite care providers, make sure to fully screen all potential candidates, request several references, conduct a background check, and be specific about all the required tasks, skills, and schedules involved.

Working with agencies

If you decide to search through an agency, the process is usually more streamlined since candidates are pre-screened. Your choice of candidates come qualified and there are options for last minute substitutes. Finally, agencies’ referral services help match your loved one’s specific needs with local respite programs. 

How much does respite care cost?

Respite care can be charged by the hour by the set amount of time your loved one will require assistance (i.e. days, weeks, etc). Most insurance plans in the United States do not cover these expenses, and you are responsible for any costs that are not covered. Medicare will usually cover the majority of your costs up to five consecutive days of respite care in a hospital or hospice. In some cases, Medicaid can also offer some financial assistance. Long-term care policies and veterans’ programs are other options for receiving subsidized care as well. 

Glen Park’s Commitment To Your Family 

At our assisted living facilities, we’ve always gone above and beyond to offer a well-rounded approach to senior living. Whether it’s through our extensive healthcare services, engaging social calendars, or emphasis on personalized attention, your loved ones are always in trusted hands. However, our service to our residents extends to their families as well. At our Long Beach assisted living facility, you and your family can seek the short-term respite care you desperately need. We understand how personal the experience of being a primary caregiver can be, but it’s important to us that you take time for yourself so that you can do your duties to your best ability. If you live in the Greater Los Angeles area and are looking for respite care near you, visit our Long Beach location today to meet our staff of experienced professionals. We are more than happy to answer all of your questions and show you our pristine facilities, array of activities, and more. Call us today to plan your next visit.