What Are Respite Caregivers?

What Are Respite Caregivers?

Respite care is short term or emergency medical care given to medical caregivers of an elderly person or a sick child. Respite care can be offered in a variety of settings such as a hospital, a skilled nursing facility, or an individual’s home. It is intended to provide medical care for a short period of time. Respite care providers usually provide services to patients with chronic conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other diseases that affect the ability to walk. Patients that are eligible for this type of care also receive psychological support.
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Often, families will turn to respite caregivers to assist them with day to day tasks like shopping, errands and preparing meals when a loved one is not ill or injured. The caregiver acts as the patient’s representative in the home while the family has their own responsibilities such as housekeeping, laundry and caring for the patient’s needs. Caregivers may also be called upon to assist with various types of personal care including cleaning, laundry and shopping. The caregiver’s services are most valuable when the family is not financially able to take on the caregiving responsibilities themselves. Respite care giving helps these families to stay financially stable by providing assistance at times when they need it most.
Allowing respite care giving parents and caregivers to interact with their children, as well as with their aging or sick family member, allows the family to re-establish vital relationships that will strengthen over time. Respite caregivers can also help patients to cope with the changes taking place within their lives as well as learn how to better take care of themselves. Respite caregivers can help the caregivers and patients to improve their well-being by providing emotional support as well as medical support. Studies have shown that well-being and improved physical health often depend on the ability to connect with one’s community and with friends and neighbors. The social benefits of providing respite care programs to the local community extend beyond extending healthcare to improving the quality of life for everyone.