Looking for Respite Care Services in the Delaware Valley?
Being a family caregiver is an incredible role filled with love and selflessness, but it can also be very taxing over time. Respite care from Riddle Village offers caregivers a much-needed break while ensuring loved ones are in-home care or a community where they’re safe and well cared for.
Learn more about respite care and how it can be helpful for both the family caregiver and the receiver of care.
What Is Respite Care?
Respite care is when someone else takes over the caregiving duties for a period of time so that a family caregiver can have short-term relief. Respite care is short-term senior care that, depending on your needs, can occur in the loved one’s home or a senior living community.
During respite care, your loved one continues to get the same high level of care provided by caregivers, but now a chance to attend to your needs, decompress, take a vacation or just spend a night out with friends.
At Riddle Village, respite care is also beneficial after hospitalization or rehabilitation. Some find short-stinted respite services can help prepare an individual for their eventual return to home while offering a sense of security and care one may need after a hospital or rehab stay.
What Are the Benefits of Respite Care?
While it can be a little scary to hand off the care of someone you love to another party, there are benefits to respite care for both the caregiver and the loved one.
Respite Care Benefits
Respite care offers many benefits for the person receiving the care. Exposure to new people can help expand their social world and boost their mental well-being.
For the caregiver, respite care benefits include:
A chance to decompress. It can be challenging to be the sole person responsible for someone else’s care — especially if your loved one needs a high level of care or can’t be left alone for their safety. Respite care can give you the space and time you need to breathe and lower your stress levels while not having to worry about what’s going on with your family member.
Reconnecting with hobbies and community. It’s normal to be focused on the health and well-being of your loved one, but just as they tell parents on planes to put on their oxygen mask before they try to help their children, it’s important to protect your own health, or you won’t be as effective caring for your loved one. Respite care gives you a chance to catch up with friends over coffee, go to a book club or enjoy a movie on your own. Spending some time recharging alone or with your community can help you be refreshed and ready to return to caregiving in a better place mentally and emotionally.
Better physical health. When so much of your time and energy is put into caring for someone else, it’s easy to let your own health slip under the radar. If you haven’t been eating quality foods or sleeping enough, respite care can give you the chance to bring the focus back to your own health and ensure you’re physically able to return to caregiving.