It’s Okay To Need A Break. We’re Here For You.
The job of caring for a loved one can be mentally, emotionally, and physically draining. But oftentimes, friends and family feel a strong sense of obligation and may feel guilty asking for help. This is a stigma we’re here to break.
Asking for help and giving yourself a break from the daily care of a loved one is not only perfectly acceptable, it’s necessary. You need space to recharge and replenish – body and soul. Heavenly Care Home Health and respite care in Austin offers that space.
What Is Respite Care?
Respite care is a short-term relief service for friends and family who provide personal care for a loved one. Professional caregivers are qualified to seamlessly step in to fill daily needs for the client, the home, and the family caregiver.
In-home or short-term services like respite care allow your loved one to remain home without sacrificing their care needs. It is estimated that by 2030, one-fifth of U.S. residents will reach the standard retirement age, and by 2035, older adults will outnumber children for the first time in our nation’s history. The need for senior care or in-home help will accelerate to match the needs of an aging population.
Who Needs Respite Care?
If you or a loved one are caring for a friend or family member suffering from one or more of the following conditions, you deserve a much-needed break.
- Alzheimer’s Disease or memory care
- Under Hospice care
- Reduced cognitive function
- Reduced physical or mobility function
- Debilitating chronic conditions
- Post Surgical Care
Now is the time to make arrangements for respite care to ensure it’s available when you’re faced with burnout.
Types Of Respite Care
Home Respite Care
This includes sitter or companion care services, widening the network of friends and family, and bringing in professional home care providers. Respite care providers will be trained and qualified caregivers, CNAs, or RNs, depending on the patient’s needs.
Adult Day Care Centers
Day care for seniors or adults with disabilities is a group-based service at a community center or assisted living facility. You can deliver your loved one on-site for the day for short-term relief.
Hospital or Inpatient Setting
Residential nursing facilities also offer respite care for longer-term or overnight care in a hospital setting. This would be a good fit for patients who need more intensive care overnight, and in-home care is not available.
What Can A Respite Caregiver Do?
Think of all the things you do for your loved one on a daily basis. Most or all of these tasks can be handled by respite care and potentially more than what you’re able to manage on a daily basis.
Personal Care Tasks
- Managing paperwork and sorting mail
- Tidying around the house
- Meal prep and light cooking
- Attending social functions
- Enjoying hobbies
- Laundry washing and folding
- Bed linen changes
- Medicine reminders
- Transfer assistance
- Personal hygiene and grooming
- Assistance with continence control
- Transfer assistance to and from bed or bathroom
- Eating and nutrition
What Are The Hallmarks Of Premium Respite Care Services?
Choosing the home healthcare solution that meets your needs is critical to the safety and well-being of your loved one. Here’s what to look for in respite care in Austin.
Immediate Trust Building
Relationships take time to develop. It’s important that caregivers and matching processes take the opportunity to build relationships and trust among providers and families. At Heavenly Care, our patients and families are matched with their perfect-fit care team members using our proprietary algorithm, HeavenlyMatch™.
Collaboration and Communication
In-home care providers and home health agencies should work together with patients and families to meet their needs. The priority in seeking respite care is the safety, well-being, and comfort of the patient so the family caregiver can take a much-needed break without unnecessary worry. Collaborative care and transparent communication help with this process.
Respite care is for both the patient and their informal caregiver. By providing practical, hands-on support in addition to valuable resources and education, patients and families will be better equipped to navigate their daily care needs.