Who Needs Respite Care?
Sometimes, a person who has a disabilityThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. It also includes people who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability. The ADA also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person based on that person’s association with a person with a disability. More or medical needs requires around the clock care. The caregiver will undoubtedly need to relax, rest, handle their own affairs, exercise, retail therapy and even go on vacation. That’s why it is important to have some measures in place to ensure self care. If you are the primary, unpaid caregiver you may benefit from the use of respite care. To find out whether your loved one qualifies for respite careShort-term care for a child or adult that allows the primary caregiver relief. More under Medicaid, look for your state’s profile on the Medicaid HCBS program page. Then directly contact the state’s Medicaid agency to get the ball rolling.
What Is Respite Care?
Respite care affords a safe, comfy environment for your loved one while the caregiver is away. Respite care is a short-term break for caregivers. When you provide care for someone who’s disabled, sick or requires special medical attention, it is a 24 hour 7 day a week labor of love. Self-care is very important and you need a break from time to time. As the old saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. That’s where respite care can help.
Respite care offers a safe, comfortable place for your loved one while you’re away. Trained providers can sit and talk with someone who’s disabled or ill. They may also help your loved one:
- Enjoy nature
- Eat or drink
- Get moving with light exercise
- Get in and out of bed
When seeking someone for respite care, you may want to talk to a few care providers to find the best fit for your loved one. We suggest allowing your loved one to participate and take part in the screening. This will ensure that all parties involved feel more at ease with the care.
Where Can Respite Care Take Place?
- At home
- Residential center
- Day centers
When Can You Use Respite Care?
Your respite time can be used in the increments you desire. You can set up your respite care for just a couple of hours, a day, a few days, a week and so forth. Your break can be as short or long as you need as long as you have the hours available to use. A new bucket of respite hours starts July 1st. With the summer approaching, it is a good time to make arrangements for those hours.
How Can You Find Support?
According to the National Institute on Aging, the ARCH National Respite Locator Service can help you find services in your community.
For partners and spouses of chronically ill or disabled people the Well Spouse Association offers support and provides a nationwide list of caregivers as a resource.