Time Out: Key Questions for Caregivers to Ask Respite Care Providers
If you’re feeling the strain of caregiving, you’re not alone. Over 34 million Americans provide unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. Caregiving is an immensely rewarding role, but it’s often one that catches you unprepared for the toll it can take, particularly for those working and/or caring for children as well. But regardless of how prepared you may be, self-care is critical; not only for your own mental and physical well-being but so you can provide the best care for your loved one. That’s where a respite care provider comes in.
What is Respite Care?
It’s planned or emergency care that provides temporary relief to those who are caring for loved ones. Any adult who suffers from developmental, mental and physical needs is an appropriate candidate for respite care.
Typical scenarios in which a respite care provider can help include:
- When time away from caregiver duties is needed due to vacation, personal or business affairs, travel or simply to take a much needed break
- When patients have completed a hospital stay or rehabilitation, but would benefit from added care
- When those who have undergone same day surgery or other outpatient procedures want a day or two of rest before resuming their daily routines
Respite care is even an options for prospective residents and their families who would like to evaluate the benefits of senior living before making a permanent move.
Choosing a Respite Care Provider
With all you may do for your loved one — bathing, dressing, feeding, transportation, laundry, shopping, medication management, companionship, emotional support— it can be daunting to think about someone else stepping in, even temporarily. That’s why it’s crucial for your peace of mind and that of your loved one, to find just the right fit.
Check the respite care options in your area and narrow the list to a few you’d like to visit. Or call to learn more, if the need is more urgent.
Questions for a respite care provider include:
- What types of services do you provide?
- What accommodations are available?
- What type of training do your staff members receive?
- What is the staff to resident care guest ratio?
- How much advance scheduling is required for respite care?
- Does this type of care qualify for coverage by Medicare or other insurance?
- On average, what is the typical time frame for respite care?
- What snack/meal options are provided?
- Do respite care guests have access to all community amenities?
- What daily activities do you offer?
- What is your policy for visitors?
- What is your policy for medical emergencies?
Also, ask for references.
Respite Care at Richfield Living
Our Vacation & Recovery Stay Program, Richfield’s respite care option, is tailored to meet the needs of our guests and their caregivers. Respite care stays are available in our assisted living residences for up to 30 days and include spacious accommodations in a private or semi-private room with private bath. Housekeeping, linens and dining are provided. Our staff is available round-the-clock and we administer medications as well as assist with personal care.
In addition, for those who require 24-hour nursing care, respite stays are also available in our Recovery & Care Center.