Respite care is a short-term stay option dedicated to seniors who are currently getting in-home medical care. This senior living option offers temporary relief for caregivers to take some time away from their duties for a period that may extend from just several hours to a number of days. If you are wondering if respite care is indeed the right option for you, here are some factors which you can review to help you with your decision-making process.
What is Respite Care?
Taking care of seniors can be both mentally and physically challenging. It is important for caregivers to take some time off from caregiving to rejuvenate. Whether it is just for several hours or up to a week and more, respite care offers caregivers an opportunity to de-stress and revive their energy for a more balanced lifestyle. Respite care is typically a short-term stay within a senior living community that provides a comfortable space for seniors through a senior-oriented environment with specialized care. Caregivers can take a break while seniors get the daily assistance they need. Respite care may also be referred to as short-term in-home caregiving services in some communities. This service is also used by caregivers on regular occasions to let their loved ones familiarize themselves with a senior housing community.
Respite Care Services
Respite care service accommodates a senior’s exact needs. Providers are able to deliver non-medical care, health care, and companionship, based on what the senior requires. Below are some of the available services offered in an organized community or in-home care setting:
- Activities and outings
- Supervision and security
- Walking/wheelchair assistance
- Personal care assistance
- Laundry and housekeeping
- Medication administration
- Meal preparations
Recipients of Respite Care Services
Caregivers who choose respite care services can relate to one or more of the situations below:
- The caregiver needs a break
- The caregiver needs to travel
- A family would like to let their loved ones familiarize themselves with a senior housing community setting
Average Costs of Respite Care Services
Respite care offered at an assisted living community usually comprises temporary care stays that last shorter than a month long. The temporary stays can cost an average of between $75 to $200 each day. The cost of respite care varies from community to community and the types of services required by the senior. There are financing options available to cover the respite care program such as a long-term care insurance policy. For in-home respite care, it may cost an average of $20 per hour for health support or $18 per hour for companionship.
Is Respite Care the Right Choice for You?
A high percentage of seniors and caregivers choose respite care as it is a cost-effective way to temporarily relieve caregivers from their caregiving duties. Respite care is also suitable for seniors who wish to slowly transition into a senior housing community. When making this change, always include your loved ones in the decision-making process by building a list together of the types of services required. For more information, get in touch with our senior living consultants at Rittenhouse Village At Valparaiso.