What is Respite Care?
(Guest article by Dina G)
Airline emergency procedures instruct us to put our own oxygen masks on first, before assisting a child or another person with their own mask. Emergency medical teams have mandated rest times, when they are not allowed to be called out to an emergency. Loving parents leave their children with babysitters and have a date together.
And caregivers taking care of the physical and emotional needs of loved ones need to do the same. Respite care fills in when caregivers recharge themselves, in order to return and keep giving devotion and care to the ones they love.
How Does It Work?
Depending on the specific needs, a trusted friend or family member may be able to fill in and provide respite care. With more delicate medical needs, a nurse or aide may come to your home at specific times or to stay until the primary caregiver returns.
Health care facilities provide on-site respite care, combining the constant availability of medical staff with the company of other residents.
When to Take Advantage of Respite Care
Caring for a loved one can lead to the normal feelings of overwhelm, loneliness, or exhaustion. Taking a short-term break to relax and find their balance, can prevent these feelings and manage them effectively. Returning refreshed leads to caring for loved ones with renewed energy and focus. Respite care thus benefits both the caregiver and the loved one being cared for.