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Respite Care: 8 Frequently Asked Questions

Taking care of your elderly loved one is important. But what about taking care of yourself during this difficult time? Studies have shown that family caregivers have a greater risk of developing anxiety, depression, and overall burnout. Respite care can provide temporary relief for caregivers so they can rest up and give 100% to their loved ones upon return. So, what is respite care exactly? Here’s a look at 8 frequently asked questions.

What is respite care for elderly adults?

Respite care allows you, the caregiver, time to recharge and provides help with daily tasks for your loved one. A temporary caregiver assists with tasks such as housekeeping, errands, daily hygiene, and travel to appointments. While this individual takes care of your loved one, you will have the opportunity to get some extra sleep, take care of your personal to-do list, go on a day trip, or even take a long-term vacation. Respite care can take place at home or in a healthcare facility.

What does respite mean?

Merriam-Webster defines respite as an interval of rest or relief when used as a noun, and as providing or being temporary care in relief of a primary caregiver when used as an adjective. Both of these definitions work hand in hand to describe respite care.

How do you pronounce respite?

Pronounce respite like ˈre-spət or ri-ˈspīt.

Who provides respite care?

You can contact a home care provider like Griswold Home Care, hire a temporary caregiver directly, or reach out to trusted friends and family members to provide respite care.

Does insurance cover respite care?

Insurance plans do not typically cover short-term respite care costs, but you may be able to find long-term care insurance programs to fit your needs.

Does Medicare and/or Medicaid cover respite care?

Medicare coverage for respite care is often limited to those receiving care in a nursing home, hospice inpatient facility, or hospital. If your family member receives this type of care, there are limitations on respite care coverage. These include the fact that the patient must receive care in a Medicare certified facility. Each state administers Medicaid differently, so you will need to check with your state’s policy for more information. However, under Medicaid, you may be eligible for home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers.

How often can you get respite care?

For home care services, when paying privately, you can use respite care as often as you like. Under Medicare, you can have one five-day respite period under each billing cycle.

How long can someone stay in respite care?

For home care, this period is defined by you, the family caregiver. For government-related coverage, it often depends on the state, but respite care can range from a few hours to several days.