What is Respite Care?
Being a primary caregiver is hard work. Oftentimes, people caring for a loved one fail to account for their own physical and mental health needs. In a recent NAC and AARP survey, nearly 23% of American caregivers said that caregiving has made their health worse. Respite care is a form of caregiving assistance that gives you time to relax and unwind, or take care of work or personal errands.
Respite care can take place in your own home, at adult day centers or at residential or nursing communities. In this article we’ll highlight the different types of respite care and some key benefits.
Types of Respite Care
There are different types of respite care that aim to match every level of need. Some respite care options free up a few hours a day for the caregiver and others can offer a week or more of relief.
Adult Day Centers
Adult day centers give primary caregivers relief during daytime hours. They cater to older adults who need assistance, or who may feel isolated or lonely. Adult day centers also give your loved one the opportunity to socialize and participate in group activities in a relaxed environment.
In-Home Care Providers
In-home care allows your loved one to receive care in the comfort of their own home. This can be a more comfortable option for individuals who may be uncertain about the idea of respite care, whether you are the caregiver or the individual receiving care. There are several variations of in-home care, but personal care providers certified in skilled health care tend to be the most knowledgeable and supportive for seniors who need full-time assistance or medical care.
Residential Respite Care
Residential respite care is the best solution for seniors that require advanced care or caregivers who need to truly get away and focus on their own health. This type of respite care is often available through group homes, hospitals, nursing homes and senior living communities. Respite care at a continuing care retirement community, such as Querencia at Barton Creek, provides your loved one with access to skilled nursing or assisted living services and stimulating activities and the opportunity for connection.
Benefits of Respite Care at a CCRC
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of respite care is that it allows you a chance to recharge your internal battery, ultimately resulting in better care for your loved one. If you turn to a continuing care retirement community for caregiving assistance, you maximize this benefit.
CCRCs can provide caregiving assistance for a week or more at a time. This gives you plenty of time to unwind and care for your own physical and mental health, while pursuing hobbies.
In addition, you may also find that respite care at a CCRC gives you new insights on how to better care for your loved one, such as shortcuts for providing assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) and other medical needs. Think of it as an investment in your caregiving abilities.
Equally important, respite care at a CCRC opens up new opportunities for your loved one, such as socialization opportunities and a chance to mix up their daily routine with activities. Additional benefits for those receiving care include access to chef-prepared meals and 24/7 nursing care.
Respite Care in Austin, Texas
Querencia at Barton Creek offers respite care services in our award-winning health center. We require a seven-day minimum commitment for respite care to ensure the best care for your loved one. This also gives you plenty of time to take a break from your caregiving responsibilities and recharge.
We can support anyone that requires nursing or certified nursing assistant care within our facilities, which operate under a private pay model at the daily skilled rate. In addition, our scenic location in the heart of Texas Hill Country provides plenty of opportunities for engaging with nature.
If you’d like to learn more about our respite care services or how we can support you and your loved one, we’re happy to help. Please fill out the form below or give us a call at 512-610-9433.