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Caring for a loved one who has a long-term illness is a 24/7 job.  Caregivers need occasional time away from their responsibilities to rejuvenate, pursue personal interests, or socialize.  Respite services give caregivers that opportunity.

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Giving Caregivers a Break

Respite: Giving Caregivers a Break

 

Caring for a loved one who has a long-term illness is a 24/7 job.  Caregivers need occasional time away from their responsibilities to rejuvenate, pursue personal interests, or socialize.  Respite services give caregivers that opportunity.

 

There are different types of respite services:

 

Round-the-clock.  Assisted living facilities and nursing homes may provide overnight, weekend, and longer respite services for caregivers who need an extended period of time off.  Not all assisted living facilities and nursing homes accept people for short-term stays, however, so contact the facility.  Short-term respite stays will also give you the ability to judge the quality of the care at the assisted living facility or nursing home should your loved one need longer-term assistance in the future.

 

Adult day care.  If a caregiver works, an adult day care facility can help. Adult day care facilities provide care and companionship outside of the home and give seniors the chance to interact with peers. The facility can provide social or therapeutic activities. Some day care facilities are especially designed for Alzheimer's patients.

 

In-home care.  If you don't want your loved one to have to leave your home, you can take advantage of one of the many in-home services that may be available.  In-home care can involve a large range of services, including companionship services to help entertain your loved one, services to help the caregiver do housekeeping chores, personal care services, and skilled/medical care services. In addition, you can have someone come in to stay with your loved one while you work or for longer stays when you need to be out of town.

 

The cost of respite services varies from service to service. Medicare does not pay for these services, but some services may be available at a reduced rate on a sliding scale for those of limited means.  If you are caring for an Alzheimer's patient, the local Alzheimer's Association has support groups and other help for caregivers.


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