Caring for loved ones can be hard on family members. No matter how much we love someone, it is mentally and physically exhausting to assist a person around the clock with their daily needs. At times when it becomes overwhelming, respite care comes in handy. Respite care is designed to relieve families or caregivers of elderly dependent adults who are ill or handicapped. Respite care can range from a few hours of care on a one-time basis to overnight care sessions.
The stresses of caring for a loved one can cause “caregiver burn-out”. Caregiver burn-out is a condition of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion affecting adults who care for elderly family members or even friends. Respite care helps to relieve the caregiver so that they can get a break for a few hours or a few days. What the full time caregiver chooses to do with the time -whether its go on vacation or just go take a nap- is really up to the caregiver’s individual’s needs and wants.
There are different forms of receiving respite care: Adult Day Care, Short stay at a facility, Informal, Volunteer, and In-Home Respite Care. The Adult Day Care is designed to provide care/companionship for frail and disabled persons who need assistance/supervision during the day. The most common form of respite care is informal; this is when a family-member, friend or neighbor offers to take care of the elderly individual. A family member could also call a local agency such as the Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville to provide a volunteer to provide a companion for a few hours at no cost to the family. In-home respite care from an agency allows the aging individual to stay in the comforts of their own home while receiving assistance with their personal care needs.
Some may feel that they can not afford respite care from an agency. Luckily, there are some government agencies that will help pay for respite services. There are also some programs and organizations in the community that are available to seniors to pay for respite care. The type and source of respite care a family chooses should be what is available in their community and what they fee most comfortable with. A family may find using a combination of the resources helpful to get their loved one involved in activities and be able to stay in the comfort of their home. If you would like to more about resources in Winston-Salem, you can call our office at 336-993-1600 to speak to our staff or call the Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville at 336-996-6696.