What is Respite Care?
Respite care is a term used to describe support given to the primary caregiver so they can get a short break from their responsibilities of providing care to a spouse or loved one.
Family caregivers are such an important part of the overall equation and are often the ones who take this challenge on when a loved one is in need. Despite their decision to provide care, caregivers often find the physical, emotional, and financial results to be quite overwhelming. In that case, many reach out for support such as respite care to give them a much needed break.
It’s important to know when to ask for help and to ensure you are caring for yourself so you are able to continue to provide care to your loved one. Whether you are caring for a sick spouse or your parents, it is a non-stop job, where you are on call 24 hours a day. While you may be able to maintain this pace and all your other responsibilities, growing exhausted is an inevitable result. As a caretaker, it is essential to make time for yourself and to step away from the stresses associated with constant responsibility.
Respite care can be arranged in many forms. It may be weekly or daily help that provides a block of time for you to do whatever it is you like. It can also be arranged if you are planning a vacation and want to ensure your loved one is well taken care of while you’re away.
In any case, if you are the primary caregiver, it’s important to know there is support out there and you don’t have to do it all on your own. You have taken on an honorable job, but you also deserve some time to devote to yourself!
Respite care is available at GreenField Health & Rehabilitation Center
Part of The GreenFields Continuing Care Community in suburban Lancaster, New York.