Here are five common types of Respite Care available:
1. In-Home Respite Care:
Companion services - Help with supervision, recreational activities
Personal care services - Help with daily activities like bathing, dressing, and exercise
Homemaker services - Help with housekeeping and meal preparation
Skilled care services - Help with some medical services and care
2. Adult Day Care:
Provides care outside the home
Participants may interact with others while part of a structured environment
Activities can include music, recreation, support groups
Staffing varies - be sure to ask if they provide medical assistance
3. Informal Respite Care:
Family, friend, or volunteer steps in to allow caregiver a break or time to do errands or chores
Put together a schedule on when those people can be available to help to allow a periodic break for caregiver
4. Residential Respite Care:
Provides care overnight, for a few days or few weeks.
Allows caregivers to take an extended break or vacation
Make reservations in advance to make sure a room is available.
*Note if you have an elder who is dealing with dementia it might be difficult for them to adjust to a new environment. Regular stays can make the process easier -- and the staff more knowledgable about the individual.
5. Respite Care for emergency situations:
Find a facility, in advance, to offer support if an emergency arises for the caregiver (i.e. unexpected trip, accident, medical issue)
After locating the facility, try it out in a non-emergency situation to make sure it works.
Identify family, friends, volunteers and keep a list of numbers and when they may be available to help if an emergency arises.