Because it can be challenging to take care of a senior loved one, you can choose from many respite care options available to give you the assistance you might need. This helps to restore your energy and allows you to be a responsible caregiver for your senior loved one. The principles of respite care are all the same, which is to ease the burden of caregiving with someone else and have some time for you.
Respite care starts with the realization of your needs and your loved ones needs. Knowing your needs for frequency, type, skills and location of the respite care is important so that you get the proper respite. Consider what you need the most. Is it regular time off? Is it the need for help with transportation? Make a list of your daily activities, and write down the times and places you need assistance most.
Your loved one’s needs, preferences and abilities are important as well. Does your loved one need assistance with walking, eating or taking medications? Is it socializing that your loved one needs most? Does he or she need physical or mental exercise? When you know the needs, you can find the right option for respite care.
Adult respite day care centers are intended for elderly adults who can’t live independently or are isolated and lonely. The environment is cheerful, safe and supportive. Adult day centers have several planned activities to promote your loved one’s well-being. In most cases, there is a schedule for nutritious meals, and they do accommodate special diets.
If you have a loved one who you take care of around the clock, respite care might be the perfect solution for you.