Respite care provides caregivers a temporary break from their duties. Often, these caregivers are family members or close friends. They are relieved by a home health care agency, for anywhere from a few hours to several weeks.
Respite care is the subject of many popular articles and current studies, and its benefits are well known. Taking a break from caring for a loved one is an opportunity to alleviate built-up stress, restore energy, and add balance to your relationships. Whether it is a two-hour escape to the movies or a week-long vacation, respite care is an essential part of ongoing care. It also provides peace of mind, knowing your loved one is safe and spending time with a caring professional. However, there is another important benefit of respite care that is often overlooked, likely because it is not a popular subject among families.
In the event your loved one suffers a medical emergency and needs additional in-home health care, respite care can help ensure a smooth and safe transition when they return home. Think of respite care as an insurance policy, easing the difficulties and stress brought on by a medical emergency.
A Familiar Face
First, your loved one will already be familiar with their home health aides. A caregiver’s familiar face can be very comforting in the wake of a hospital discharge, and will help put your loved one at ease. Similarly, their home health aides will already know favorite meals, engagement activities, and other personal preferences.
Staying One Step Ahead
A reputable home care company will already have a care plan in place, even for respite care clients. Medications, personal health history, and other essentials will be accounted for and available. Following a hospital discharge, your agency will be ready to make the necessary changes to the plan and stay on top of your loved one’s health (instead of starting from scratch and quickly creating a new plan). At Care Response Home Care, each our our clients has a registered nurse to oversee any discharges and changes to their care plan, all at no additional cost. Click here to learn more about our RN advantage.
Your Trust and Confidence
Above all, your chosen home health care agency will have already earned your trust and confidence. You will have interacted with the home health aides, spoken to office managers, paid invoices, and experienced the nuts and bolts of working with an agency to ensure your loved one is safe. Having proven themselves as a respite care provider, your agency will then rise to meet the challenges following a medical emergency. You will have an ally in your family’s time of need, and you will feel confident when requesting additional care for your loved one.
Where to Start?
Even just a few hours of respite care each week will provide all of these insuring benefits, allowing you the opportunity to vet agencies until you find the right fit. Click here to download a free copy of Asking the Right Questions, a handout featuring useful and revealing questions to ask when interviewing home care agencies. Once you’ve found an agency that meets your loved one’s respite care needs, starting a dialogue about increasing hours in the event of an emergency will certainly bring you piece of mind.
Does respite care sound like the right proactive option for you and your loved one? Contact Care Response Home Care today and discover how we can help.