Summer is almost here. If you’re a caregiver for a senior loved one, don’t let it stop you from enjoying time away with your own family. We know caregiving takes a toll on your physical health over time. While it’s often hard to find time to get away when you are a caregiver, it is important to take a break to renew and refresh.
One way to ensure your loved one is safe while you’re away is by taking advantage of respite care services.
What is Respite Care?Families use respite care when they need a break. It’s a nice, short-term option that provides care for a senior typically in an assisted living community. A good candidate for respite care is an older adult who needs assistance with activities of daily living and someone who might enjoy the opportunity to socialize and participate in life enrichment programs.
Respite care is also provided in many dementia care communities and a senior’s home through private duty home care agencies.
Benefits of Respite Care in an Assisted Living CommunityIf you’re preparing for a summer vacation, consider an assisted living community for your loved one’s respite care. The amenities available in these communities are fairly comprehensive. The support in respite care homes will allow you to relax and enjoy your vacation knowing your loved one is safe and well cared for.
A senior staying in an assisted living community’s respite apartment receives the same services as a long-term resident. Respite care facility amenities typically include:
- Three balanced meals every day
- Fully furnished apartment
- Assistance with medication
- Help with bathing, toileting and dressing
- Around-the-clock supervision
- Laundry and housekeeping
- Scheduled transportation
- Life enrichment activities
Paying for Respite CareShort-term respite stays are usually an affordable solution. According to Genworth Financial, respite care in an assisted living apartment cost between $75 and $200 per day. In-home companions through a home agency cost, on average, $20 per hour.
Some long-term care insurance and veteran’s benefits cover the cost of respite care. There may be a yearly allotment for this type of coverage that varies by policy.
How to Tell is Respite Care is an Option for Your Senior Loved OneAs an adult child, you understand what your mom or dad needs to feel safe and happy while you’re away. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if respite care in an assisted living community is right for your loved one:
- Is my trip less than one month?
- Does my loved one need assistance with activities such as bathing and grooming?
- Will my loved one enjoy the opportunity to participate in social activities?
- Is my parent healthy and mobile enough to not require 24-hour supervision?
- Does my senior parent need help organizing and taking their medications?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, respite care in an assisted living apartment might be a good solution for your loved one during your trip. The next step is visiting local communities to check for availability and pricing.