If your elderly loved one prefers to remain within the home compound for as long as possible, a family member should be responsible for the care he or she needs. While this is important because the senior enjoys the company of close family members and friends, the caregiver might want to have a break to refresh or to attend to other duties. A replacement would then be necessary to ensure that the elderly continue getting the services, he or she needs. That is where a respite care program comes into play.
What is respite care?
Respite care is one of the home health services rendered to a senior person when a regular family caregiver takes a break. This level of care varies from a few hours to several weeks or months. It also includes a variety of services from traditional home-based care and adult day care to home health and nursing services. It may also comprise a short-term care from a certified institution.
Here are forms of respite services you could consider choosing for your loved one:
Adult day care respite services
If you have a day job or personal business that needs your attention during the day, then you may sign up your loved one for adult day care respite service. This level of care provides support and companionship to the elderly during the day. It gives the family caregiver the opportunity to go to work or to run a personal business during the day.
You could also take the time to cool off and resume with fresh energy. All this you can do knowing quite well that your loved one is safe. If you choose this type of respite service, you could consult reliable organizations in your area to assign a qualified staff for the service. In Australia, for example, you could find more information from ArCare.
Informal or volunteer respite care
As its name suggests, it refers to members of other families, churches, private organizations, relatives and friends providing in home respite services. Meanwhile, the regular family caregiver could run errands or relax. In some cases, local church groups of agencies organize a “Friendly Visitor Program” in which volunteers could provide basic respite services to the elderly in the community. Volunteer respite services are often free but if you decide to use a qualified staff from a certified organization, you should be able to pay for the service.
In-home respite care
This program involves the following services for the elderly:
· Companion: these are meant to help the family caregiver entertain or supervise the elderly. The caregiver from outside may also visit the elderly to drive away loneliness when the senior needs company.
· Personal care: these services aim at helping the elderly with issues related to personal activities such as bathing, dressing, using the bathroom, exercise, feeding, or grooming.
· Homemaker: these are meant to help with housekeeping, meal preparation, or shopping.
· Skilled care: these services aim at helping the senior with medication and nursing care.
With a better knowledge of the options available, you could be able to choose what is right for your loved one.