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Respite Care Explained: What Is Respite Care And How Does It Work?

Everyone needs help from time to time, and for the 53 million Americans providing unpaid care to a loved one, it’s ok to need a break. 

Sometimes these family caregivers need temporary relief from their duties to prevent caregiver burnout, run errands or simply relax. Maybe there’s been a recent surgery or fall, and families feel that their loved one would benefit from professionally trained support they aren’t equipped to provide.

Whatever the reason, respite care can help — it allows seniors to get the personalized care they need while also providing temporary relief, and peace of mind, for their families. Continue reading for more information on respite care and how respite care services can benefit you or a loved one.

What Is Respite Care?

Respite care offers short-term care for seniors and comfort for their families. Respite care is a temporary care option for seniors that need assistance recovering from a surgery or performing activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, etc. Respite care can be in-home or through a short-term stay at a senior living community. 

Respite care in a senior living community acts like a temporary residence with all of the perks of assisted living. With a short-term stay, your loved one does not need to fully move into a senior living community to get the temporary help that they need. 

At Independence Village, many of our communities offer personalized respite care services. Our staff is trained to provide additional support for day-to-day tasks that require extensive attention. You can rest easy knowing that your loved one is receiving the best care available. 

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Whether individuals are seeking care for a couple of days, a few weeks or a month, respite care services provide the flexibility for seniors to receive the care they need, when and how they need it.

How Does Respite Care Work?

With respite care, a trained professional steps in and takes over for the family caregiver for a short period. For family members who are also acting as their loved one’s caregiver, that reassurance can be exactly what they need to take a well-deserved break from providing 24/7 care. 

Respite care services assist those who are gaining strength post-surgery, aid seniors in health recovery, and provide hospice care where families can stay right with their loved one and more. 

No matter the circumstance, respite care ensures that families have peace of mind that their loved one is receiving personalized care.

What Are Respite Care Services?

Respite care might be a great fit for you or your loved one if you find yourself in need of any of the following services:

  • 24/7 caregiver assistance
  • Medication assistance
  • Light incontinence assistance
  • Wake-up assistance
  • Turn-down assistance
  • Nighttime checks
  • Showering assistance
  • Skilled home care
  • Hospice care
  • And more

The Benefits Of Respite Care For The Elderly

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Respite Care Offers Specialized Services

Respite care is frequently recommended for seniors who are recovering from surgery or a hospital stay. In these situations, there is often an increased risk of fall, additional medications to manage, needed mobility support and more. Respite care is beneficial during these times of need and provides talented care services for seniors. 

Respite care for the elderly often includes assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation and transportation. By offering assistance with a variety of services, seniors and families can focus on what’s most important: a smooth recovery.

At Independence Village, we offer an array of respite care services based on your loved one’s needs. Our medical professionals are trained to assist your loved one along their journey to better health.

Respite Care Provides Short-Term Care

Respite care is not only intended for those recovering from surgery or hospital stays; it can be a great resource for any senior in need of temporary care. Whether they’re traveling out of town, running errands or simply need additional support, respite care allows families the flexibility they need with short-term care for their loved one.

Respite Care Services Give Family Caregivers Support

Many family members act as their loved one’s caregiver, and while it’s rewarding, providing 24/7 care can be overwhelming. It’s important that family caregivers take care of their health too. Respite care can help your loved one get the care they need while you spend time caring for yourself. 

Respite care through a short-term stay at a senior living community is a great option for caregivers that need temporary relief from their duties to take a vacation, travel for work, or go to appointments.

Senior Living Communities Offer Respite Care

Many people don’t realize that senior living communities offer short-term care. Provided within the home-like environment of a senior living community, respite care offers individuals the all-inclusive support they need, regardless of their situation. Some highlights of respite care in a senior living community are:

  • Personalized care
  • Medication management
  • Companionship
  • Supervision and security
  • Dining services
  • Transportation
  • Non-medical care, such as bathing and grooming

At Independence Village, many of our communities offer respite care so that your loved one receives the temporary help that they need. We have personalized living options that offer amenities and care options that suit every resident’s wants and needs.

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Not all residential care communities offer respite, so be sure to plan ahead and find a community in your area ahead of time.

Respite Care At Independence Village

Our respite care services are designed to meet the specific needs of the wonderful residents that we serve and provide an environment where they can recover and enjoy life in our community.

To learn more about respite care, or our other living options for seniors, give our team a call today at 1-844-403-6569


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