What is Respite Care?
Respite care for the elderly, seniors, disabled adults, and those with special needs can offer caregivers a chance to take a break from their situation. It’s meant to allow you to recharge emotionally and physically to avoid burnout. Respite care can include things like light housekeeping, personal care such as bathing or dressing, travel accompaniment to appointments, grocery shopping, errands, and more.
A Brief Respite is Welcome Relief
There will be days that test your limits as a family caregiver. When you have children, you care for them. When you have aging parents or relatives, you may care for them, too. As a member of the “Sandwich Generation,” you find yourself sandwiched between those two caregiving roles. A small break may be a welcome respite.
Short term respite care for caregivers may come in many forms. You may find that having overnight respite care one night a week reduces your stress, or that a sudden event means you need emergency respite care. The most important thing to remember is that respite for caregivers is not about abandoning or “passing off” your caregiving role. It’s about finding the right balance for your family.