Your Most Frequently Asked Questions About Respite Care, Answered
Have you been wondering what respite care is? Are you trying to decide whether your family could benefit from respite care services? Because respite care is a specialized type of in-home care, we’ve noticed that a lot of people have the same common questions. To help you get a better understanding for respite care, here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
What exactly is respite care?
Respite care is a type of senior care designed to help caregivers take a break when needed. When you need to rest or take care of your other responsibilities, respite care can be a great relief. With respite care, a trusted caregiver will come fill in for you whenever needed. You’ll be able to take a break, knowing that your loved one is still able to get the attention they need. Respite care can offer you relief for a couple of hours a week or for an entire weekend—depending on your needs.
Who can benefit from respite care?
Anyone who is responsible for caring for an elderly loved one. Serving as the primary caregiver of an elderly loved one can feel like a full-time job. You can feel emotionally and physically drained, especially if you don’t take time to care for yourself. With respite care, you’ll be able to regain mind and body strength so that you’ll be able to provide the best possible care for your loved one.
How do I choose a respite care provider?
If you’re the primary caregiver for a loved one, it can be scary to think about leaving your loved one with a stranger. By working with an in-home care agency, you can ease those fears and feel confident with leaving your loved one for a period of time. In-home care agencies typically conduct background checks and screenings, provide references, train their caregivers, and will do their best to match your family with the ideal respite care provider.
How do you pay for respite care?
The costs of respite care will depend on the type of services needed, how often you’ll need them, and which care agency you hire. If paying for respite care is an issue, you may be able to cover some of the costs through long-term care insurance, federal or state programs, and more.
Where can I find out more information on respite care?
The Kinship Project team is always willing to provide information on respite care whenever you need it. Additionally, you can check out these great resources online for more information on respite care and other in-home care services.
- National Alliance for Caregiving
- National Adult Day Services Association
- Family Caregiver Alliance
- Alzheimer’s Association
Contact us to schedule a consultation with a care coordinator to determine if respite care will be a good fit for your family. Click below to learn more about our respite care services and other types of senior care services. We’d love to help improve life for your entire family.