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Respite Care – Do you need a break?
Caregiving can be exhausting. The day to day care without a break is one of the reasons that caregivers can die before the person needing care. Respite care can give a temporary break from the struggle of the stress while still giving the person needing care professional help that is trained to take care of your loved one. Using respite can strengthen and support your abilities as a caregiver. Seeking help does NOT make you a bad person. It just means you have a life outside of being caregiver.
Respite can be for many different reasons. It can be for something as simple as grocery shopping, medical appointments, a meal out or just going to sit at the park for some ‘me’ time. It can even be for a weekend away for many reasons. The idea is for you to be able to recharge your batteries WITHOUT sacrificing the care for your loved one.
Respite care can be provided in your home or in a care facility such as a nursing home or adult day care facility. Generally when done in the home, the respite worker does all the normal things like you do such as cooking, cleaning and personal care along side of any medical care. With more intensive cases you might need to use a nursing home or adult care facilities.
None of this is generally covered by insurance or Medicare. But, there are sometimes funds to care for this type of care. Grants are available from time to time. The cost varies from person to person but is usually typical for the area. Where I live the general cost is $10.00 per hour. This is set by the respite worker.
Since respite care is such an important part of caregiving we will discuss this in three posts.
Next post we will be discussing interviewing the respite caregiver.