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Stumbles and falls will happen no matter how careful someone is. If your loved one suffers an injury, they’ll need time to recover. Your doctor may recommend respite care for them—support that provides many specialized services

Respite care is typically short-term—but guests stay for as long as needed. Your loved one may utilize respite care for many reasons, whether they’re recovering from an illness, trying out senior living before making a final decision, or if you need a break as their caregiver. 

This specialized treatment can benefit your loved one, no matter the reason they may need respite care. 

What Is Respite Care?

Respite care provides temporary care for older adults—offering all the benefits of senior living without the commitment. This professional support can occur in someone’s home or a specialized community. 

When Does Someone Need Respite Care?

There are no requirements for respite care—it’s available to any older adults who require short-term support. However, many seniors receive this care to help recover from injury or illness.

Seniors with any of these conditions may benefit from respite care: 

What Does Respite Care Include?

Many options are available if your loved one needs respite care. It can take place at home or in a senior living community, whichever is best for their needs.

Out-of-home respite care involves your loved one staying in a community to receive care daily. They benefit from the services offered by the community, including daily care, prepared meals, and social activities. 

In-home respite care, on the other hand, delivers services at your loved one’s residence without them having to leave. A professional comes to your home, offering housekeeping and medical assistance with key tasks.

Is Respite Care Short Term?

Respite care is a way to provide temporary care for older adults, including short-term stays in residential care facilities, in-home care services, or temporary placement with a family member or friend. It also provides your loved one the opportunity to interact with new people and experience exciting social activities. 

Although respite care is ideally short-term, the length of time can vary depending on the needs of the caretaker and the individual receiving care. There is no fixed number of days.

There are 3 common reasons to seek out respite care: 

  • Recovery and rehabilitation
  • Coverage for your regular caregiver
  • Trying out senior living

Recovery & Rehabilitation

Respite care for recovery can benefit your loved one, whether due to injury, illness, or medical procedures. This service offers the additional support needed for their well-being. Staff support your loved one in their daily activities as they get their strength back, following a customized care plan.

While hospitals offer treatment, it may not be feasible to stay there for the entirety of a recovery process. It takes the stress out of daily living, letting your loved one focus on their health. 

Coverage for Your Regular Caretaker

As a caretaker, it’s common to feel like you always have to be present and supportive. While you may be the primary caregiver, you will eventually need to step away. 

Whether you’re taking a vacation or dealing with an unexpected crisis, you’ll need someone to help support your loved one. When this happens, respite care can help them receive the best possible care.

Consider respite care as a brief retreat for your loved one—they receive quality care, new social opportunities, and access to various services and amenities until you’re ready to help care for them again.  

There doesn’t have to be an external reason to seek respite care for your loved one. Caregivers can experience physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion, known as compassion fatigue

If you find yourself overwhelmed, respite care offers a solution. Dedicated staff in the community can attend to your loved one’s needs while you rest and recover. Looking after yourself means you will be better able to look after your loved one too. 

A respite care staff checking in on a resident.

Trying Out Senior Living

Many older adults try a short stay at a community to get a first-hand experience of what this lifestyle offers. 

Respite care provides senior living without the permanent commitment, allowing your loved one to test the waters before deciding and making a move. While senior living has many benefits, it may not always be the right time.

Consider booking a tour before your loved one’s respite care stay to see how they like the community and if this is the right decision for their needs. 

Find Out if Respite Care is Right for Your Loved One

Respite care can benefit your loved one, whether they need help recovering from an injury or you need time to rest from your caregiving duties. Visit our community to see how senior living can support your family. Contact All American Assisted Living at Hanson if you’re interested in respite care for your loved one.

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