What is Respite Care?

What is Respite Care?

Everyone needs a break. The emotional, and physical demands can be overwhelming for a caregiver looking after an adult. If you are a caregiver and feeling stressed doing care, you may require Respite Care.
Respite Care is temporary relief for a caregiver whom is providing care for a senior adult or an adult special needs. The relief may be short term or recurring, however the main goal is to provide relief for the individual that is providing the main care. Respite care has been proven to be of great to the caregiver and the family member. When families have used this type of care, studies have shown it has reduced the risks of neglect and abuse. It also allows the family member to stay in the home longer, which may help the family financially.


Here are some types of Respite Care that may be available to your family :


In-Home Respite- This is can be used regularly or once in a while. The temporary caregiver comes into the families or individuals home to provide care. The respite caregiver learns the routine, how medicines are administered and stored, and how care is provided. The main goal with this type of care is that the individual receiving the care is not inconvenienced with leaving the home while relief is being provided.

Adult Day Centers– This type of care is within someone’s community that allows caregivers to drop off the individual that they care for, for part of a day or a full day. Activities are usually available and meals are served. Sometimes transportation is also provided. Adult day care is sometimes funded by medical plans or the local government themselves. An application and interview process is always needed to access these facilities.


Residential facilities – These facilities are similar to an adult day care, but an overnight option is possible. The respite care maybe one overnight stay, a few days, or even a few weeks. This allows the caregiver to have a vacation and peace of mind that the care is being done in a safe and comfortable environment. Families would need to apply for this type of care in advance, which also provides them the ability to tour the facilities.