Respite Resources for Family Caregivers
If you are a family caregiver of an older adult, sometimes you need to take a break. Taking a break allows you to tend to other responsibilities or your own physical and emotional well-being. Respite care is a term that refers to services for older adults when offered on a temporary basis so the caregiver can have a rest.
Who provides respite care?
Respite is provided by family and friends and volunteers as well as by paid professionals.
Consider reaching out to faith-based communities and community service groups for volunteers who may be able to provide respite care.
Why should I use respite care services?
Respite may be a few hours or a few days at a time. There are a number of ways you can spend your time off during your respite:
Respite care offers you peace of mind. It may be planned in advance or made available to assist during times when you cannot provide care.
What are the different types of paid respite care?
Using a home care agency instead of privately hiring someone relieves you of screening and hiring responsibilities, and handling payroll and taxes.
Community-Based Respite Care
Community-based respite care may include support groups for you. Fees for respite care may be based on a sliding fee scale and scholarships may be available.
If you become ill or have an unexpected situation, you may need to use emergency respite care. Having a plan is important. Home health agencies, assisted living and nursing facilities typically offer this type of respite. Try one out in a non-emergency to see how it may work for you. Overnight care allows you take an extended break or vacation while your family member stays in a supervised, safe environment.
What type of respite care services do I need?
The type of respite care service you need depends on your needs and preferences, as well as what is available in your community. Here are a few steps:
Keep in mind that many family caregivers use a combination of respite care services.
If I choose a paid respite care provider, what do I need to consider?
When choosing a respite care provider, asking the following questions:
Remember, you do not have to do it alone. Keep a list of projects, errands, and services and put together a schedule of times when you need help. Then, the next time a family member or friend offers to help, you can give them a specific, time-limited task.