THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 2015 BUT WAS UPDATED ON 6/21/2021
When you are a caregiver there are times when you must have someone else fill in for you. Maybe you have a full-time job or maybe you just need a break from all of the demands of being a caregiver.
Deciding what kind of help you need should be the very first step.
If you need full-time or part-time care maybe through the week so that you can go to work then Adult Daycare is probably the best option. It can be less expensive than hiring a home health care worker to come to your house every day.
What Is Adult Daycare?
Maybe you need full-time or part-time care maybe through the week so that you can go to work. Maybe your loved one just needs the stimulation that socialization can bring.
Then Adult Daycare is probably going to be your best option. It can be less expensive than hiring a home health care worker to come to your house every day.
Adult Daycares can take care of medication management, meals, and even entertainment for a certain number of hours of the day or days of the week. This is an option that I am considering for our family.
I’m afraid our companion caregiver didn’t work out and now mom is stuck with just me for the company once again.
This way she could attend a few days a week and spend time with other people her age. I haven’t signed up yet, but I am getting there. I’m thinking about it when this move is over with.
What is Respite Care?
Another option for caregivers who might need care for a few weeks to a few hours is called Respite Care.
SeniorAdvice.com defines respite care as; Respite care is essentially short-term care meant to provide relief for a primary caregiver. Many times, caregivers will use these care services when they are planning on traveling or leaving for a vacation.
I’ve not tried this myself, but it’s nice to know that in the case of an emergency that it would be there. Say, I had to go into the hospital for a few days then I could have momma stay at a facility until I could pick her back up.
It’s a safe way to not only get a break, but it also gives you peace of mind that they will be well taken care of while you’re gone.
Deciding Between Respite Care and Adult Daycare
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They also provide reviews for those facilities listed.
Even if you don’t need a Senior Housing Search Engine right now you can still find lots of valuable information at their site. It’s one of the first places I turn to when I need answers fast!
As I was researching for this piece I found a terrific article called, “A Respite Care Checklist For Every Caregiver“. which has so much great information in it. If you’re considering using respite care of any kind I suggest you give it a read. You won’t be disappointed!
If you’d like information on other housing options then you might want to check out What Are Your Senior Housing Option: What is Memory Care? or When To Choose Assisted Living and What Does It Mean?
*This is a compensated post, but all thoughts and ideas come from me.