Respite Care for the Elderly
What is respite care?
Respite care allows a caregive to have a break from caring for their loved one 24/7. It gives the caregiver an opportunity to run their own errands, shop, attend doctor appointments, engage in social events, or rest.
What types of respite care are there?
There are two types of respite care: in-home respite care and day centers.
In-home respite care can be delivered either by a volunteer or a paid individual and allows the senior to remain in their own home while allowing the caregiver the ability to work outside the home as needed.
Day centers vary from location to location and provide social interaction and connectedness that are vital to the elder’s mental health and wellbeing.
What services do day centers offer?
The services may vary depending upon the location but can include meals, activities, exercise, arts and crafts, music, dance, entertainment opportunities, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, socialization, and transportation to and from the facility.