What is Respite Care?
Respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers and family members. Caregiving responsibilities can be arranged for just an afternoon or for several days or weeks. Promedcare can meet your needs whether it is for a couple of hours a day to run your errands or to allow for a full day off so you can recharge your physical and mental battery.
Everyone needs a break. Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person you are caring for continues to receive care in a safe environment. Using respite services can support and strengthen family caregiver abilities.
Using Respite Care
Caregiving is demanding — and it’s normal to need a break. Seeking help does not make you a failure. Remember that respite services benefit the person with dementia as well as the caregiver.
Respite care can help you as a caregiver by providing a new environment or 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
- Comfort and peace of mind knowing that the person in your care is spending time with another caring professional.
Respite care services can give the person with dementia / Alzheimer’s an opportunity to:
- Interact with others
- Spend time in a safe, supportive environment
- Participate in activities designed to match personal abilities and needs
Plan Ahead: Respite Care for Unexpected Situations
Emergencies, unplanned situations, or unexpected trips can create a need for immediate care by an alternative caregiver. Try home respite care providers out in a non-emergency situation, so you’re ready if the need arises. Planning by securing services will aid you in case of an emergency. It’s a good idea to have contact information for the person with dementia’s / Alzheimer’s medical team as well as a list of all current medications (with dosage and frequency always taken) easily accessible.
Tip: Sometimes, a person with dementia/Alzheimer’s may have difficulty adjusting to a new caregiver and care plan. Regular stays can allow the overall adjustment to become easier.
It’s normal to be apprehensive about trying something new. Common concerns caregivers have about using respite care include:
- Cost: You may be concerned about how to pay for services. Promedcare is affordable and will work within your budget.
- Reliability: You may be concerned about the dependability of the aide or service. Those who work for an agency or care community should be reliable and well trained and are often certified. Promedcare utilizes its well-established Caregiving Team to find the right fit for your loved one.
- Guilt: You may believe that you should be able to “do it all.” Seeking help does not make you a failure. It’s important to remember that respite services benefit the person with dementia/ Alzheimer’s as well as the caregiver.