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What is Respite Care?

By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on

While devoted family members often step up to provide home care to their aging loved ones after an illness, hospitalization or advance diagnosis, the job can be quite overwhelming. In fact, because many caregivers selflessly focus all of their efforts on caring for aging loved ones, their health and the quality of the care they provide often declines. This is why respite care is so important for caregivers.

What is Respite Care?

Respite is a type of care given to provide relief to a family caregiver that often works 24/7 to take care of an aging loved one. Some people compare a respite care to a babysitter – a trained and trusted individual will come into the home and take on care responsibilities so that the parent, or in this case the caregiver, is able to attend to their own needs and tasks and errands outside of caregiving.

Is Respite Care Provided by Nurses?

Respite care does not have to be provided by nurses, especially when a senior’s care needs are non-medical. In fact, most respite care is provided by experienced caregivers. While some respite caregivers may have nursing experience, training and being licensed and bonded is enough to ensure quality care for your aging parent or loved one.

Is Respite Care Expensive?

The cost of respite care is dependent on the caregiver you are working with. Asking a friend or family member to help with care responsibilities while you take a break is often an activity that is done without a cost. You may also consider hiring a professional agency caregiver who can provide hourly home care in Fairfield. You will only be required to pay for the hours in which the caregiver is present. Additionally, some states have where the cost of respite care is reimbursed to the family caregiver if he or she meets specific eligibility requirements.

Why do I Need Respite Care?

Everyone needs a break. Even though you love your senior with all your heart, taking care of someone all day, every day, can be exhausting. Even when the work is not physically draining, caregiving can take an emotional toll on a family member, especially if the senior is living with a degenerative condition or has worsening health problems. Taking a break can restore your mood, health and happiness, and provide you with the rest you need to return to your duties with a new outlook.

For more information about respite care, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Fairfield today. We provide hourly and live-in respite care and also have highly trained caregivers who can provide specialty dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s care for Fairfield seniors who may need additional assistance or monitoring. Call a friendly Care Manager today at 203-955-1915 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation to learn more about our beneficial respite care services.