Respite Care FAQ’s
Have a Question About Respite Care?
It’s an understatement to say caring for an elderly loved one full-time is a challenge. However, you don’t have to take on the difficulty alone. At Enriched Life Home Care Services, we understand caregiving becomes overwhelming at times. Because of this, we’re proud to offer exceptional respite care so you can get the break you need. Our team knows you probably have lots of questions before you’re ready to entrust us with your family member. Read up on some of our most frequently asked questions about respite care.
What Is Respite Care?
Respite care is an excellent way to ensure your elderly family members have the support they need. At Enriched Life Home Care Services, we provide these services to relieve some of the stress put on family caregivers. A member of our team will visit your home and care for your loved one while you take a much-needed break. The exhaustion associated with full-time caregiving is real, and we strive to offer the essential respite care services you need to maintain your physical and mental health.
When Is Respite Care Necessary?
Emergency respite care for the elderly should be available whenever you need extra support. However, we know it can be difficult to put your loved one in someone else’s hands. We understand your commitment to being a caregiver, but you must look after your needs as well. Respite care may be necessary for the following situations:
- The stress is adversely affecting your daily life
- Your loved one feels isolated
- You want to spend more time with family and friends
- Your loved one needs professional caregivers to address health and emotional concerns
Are There Certifications to Provide Respite Care?
Many respite care providers have additional certification in the field. These certification programs might focus on care standards, administering proper care, and in-home caregiving. At Enriched Life Home Care, we’re committed to hiring experienced staff with the compassion and expertise to carry out all job duties.
What Is the Difference Between Respite and Hospice Care?
While hospice patients may also need respite care, the two are not the same. At a respite care facility for the elderly, caregivers provide short-term relief for family members responsible for the patient. Rather than a long-term solution, respite care gives full-time caregivers the chance to relax before continuing their care duties. Hospice care, on the other hand, includes long-term support for a person who can no longer look after themselves. Unlike respite care, hospice care is a more permanent solution and involves round-the-clock access to services.
How Can I Get the Most Out of Respite Care?
You deserve a break. Regardless of how much you love your elderly family member, full-time caregiving can weigh on you physically and mentally. Our respite care services provide a chance for you to look after your own needs. At Enriched Life Home Care Services, we want you to make the most out of respite care. Here are our tips for enjoying your time off:
- Anticipate Your Needs: Don’t wait until you’re exhausted to schedule time for a break. Pre-plan respite time so you can avoid the breakdown and better relax during your time off.
- Put Guilt in Perspective: Many caregivers feel guilty for entrusting their loved ones to respite care. If you’re dealing with these feelings, be sure to put them in context. Failing to take a break could make you less able to properly care for your loved one in the long run. Plus, our caregivers are experienced with respite care and dedicated to providing premier services.
- Spend Your Time on You: Make sure to use this time to rejuvenate. Perhaps you want to pre-plan your activities so that you don’t get stuck taking on more responsibility. You could schedule a time to exercise, visit your favorite boutique, or even take a nap!
What Should I Look for in a Respite Care Community?
Although respite care often takes place in the comfort of your own home, you’ll still want to consider the community and culture that each facility fosters. While everyone will have a slightly different priority list, be sure to look for signs of top-quality care. Below, you’ll find some aspects of respite care to consider:
- Accreditation of the facility
- Attitudes of the staff
- List of services provided
- Level of supervision for caregivers
- General atmosphere and feeling you get when you visit each facility
Learn More About Our Services
If you have additional questions about respite care at Enriched Life Home Care Services, feel free to reach out to our team. We work with families throughout southeastern Michigan, and we’re happy to provide service to you and your loved one as well.