What is Respite Care?
Respite care Is temporary care designed to provide relief for the normal caregiver. We know caregivers come in all different forms. Whether it’s a family member or a close personal friend everyone needs a break. Respite care is designed as a family support system and can be used in times of emergency as well.
Who Can Use Respite Care?
Anyone who is disable, ill, or otherwise incapacitated for an extended period of time. Some examples would be people who suffer from:
- A brain injury
- Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
- A stroke
- Mental Disabilities
- Old Age
- Trouble with mobility
- Needing transitioning care
- Caregiver Burnout
- Caregiver Burnout
Caregiver burnout is a condition of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion. It is often accompanied by a change in attitude. A person who was once caring and concerned over their charge has now become negative and unconcerned. Burnout happens when caregivers don’t get the help they need or if they do more then there’s physical, financial, or mental limitations allow. Oftentimes, caregivers fail to take care of themselves which can lead to caregiver burnout. The signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout are closely related to the symptoms of fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. According to WebMD these symptoms may include but are not limited to:
- Withdrawal from friends and family.
- Lost interest in activities previously enjoyed.
- Feeling blue, irritable, hopeless, and helpless.
- Changes in appetite, weight, or both.
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Getting sick more often.
- Feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or the person for whom you are caring.
- Emotional and physical exhaustion.
- Excessive use of alcohol and or sleep medications.
How Respite Care Can Help With Caregiver Burnout
Respite care can allow the caregiver to integrate back into their normal role as spouse, child, friend, etc. This is important because often times the caregiver feels a sense of role confusion. In other words the are no longer a loved one they are “just a caregiver”.
Respite care will also provide a restoration to your sense of lack of control. Caregivers feel that they are losing control of everything. We will be a valuable resource you help you effectively plan, manage, and organize your loved ones care.
How Long Can I Use Respite Care?
Respite care can be as long or as short as you need it to be you can set up respite care for a few hours a day or an entire day, It can be every week or every other week. If you want to go on a vacation, who doesn’t, but feel tied down this is a great time for respite care. We work closely with you to assist you with your needs and your financial situation.
What Services Do You Provide?
Our highly trained staff can assist you with all non-medical needs. Some services we commonly provide:
- Bathing including bed bath or sponge bath, shower assistance, hair care,Hygiene including dressing, grooming, skin care
- Toiletry and perineal care including: Urinal, catheter, bedpan, commode and adult briefs disposal and sanitation
- Ambulation and range-of-motion exercises
- Oral hygiene including teeth, dental, and denture care
How does respite care work?
Respite care is tailored to your individual needs. Once you call us we will set up a meeting with you. In this meeting we will discuss your needs and the needs of your loved ones. We will come up with a care plan together that you feel comfortable with.