Like all of us, family caregivers need breaks from time to time to recenter and avoid emotional and physical burnout. Respite care allows the primary caregiver to hand off care responsibilities of a loved one for an afternoon, a day or even a few weeks – typically to a trusted friend or professional care service.
Respite care can be done in the home, at a healthcare facility or an adult day care center. It is a great option for caregivers of individuals living with dementia, as it not only allows them to enjoy some personal time, but also give provides their loved one with companionship and mental stimulation.
Respite care, like the in-home care services offed by Home Instead, can also provide:
- Transportation to and from appointments
- Medication administration
- Games and activities
- Cooking and meal prep
Home Instead Gerontologist Lakelyn Hogan was recently interviewed by Forbes Health about how respite care works, and the various services it provides, and the benefits of respite care.