Respite care is not all the same
Respite can vary in time from part of a day to several weeks. Respite encompasses a wide variety of services including traditional home-based care, as well as adult day care, skilled nursing, home health, and short term institutional care. More specifically respite care may take any one of the following forms:
Adult Day Care
These programs are designed to provide care and companionship for frail and disabled persons who need assistance or supervision during the day. The program offers relief to family members or caregivers and allows them the freedom to go to work, handle personal business or just relax while knowing their relative is well cared for and safe.
Informal and Volunteer Respite Care
This is as simple as it sounds. It is accepting help from other family members, friends, neighbors, or church volunteers who offer to stay with the elderly individual while you go to the store or run other errands. Sometimes your local church group or area agency on aging (AAA) will even run a formal “Friendly Visitor Program” in which volunteers may be able to provide basic respite care, as well. Many communities have formed either Interfaith Caregiver or Faith in Action Programs where volunteers from faith-based communities are matched with caregivers to provide them with some relief.
In-home Respite Care
Generally speaking, in-home respite care involves the following four types of services for the more impaired older person:
1. Companion services to help the family caregiver supervise, entertain, or just visit with the senior when he or she is lonely and wants company.
2. Homemaker services to assist with housekeeping chores, preparing meals, or shopping.
3. Personal care services to help the aged individual bathe, get dressed, go to the bathroom, and/or exercise.
4. Skilled care services to assist the family caregiver in tending to the senior’s medical needs, such as when administering medications.
Then there is Respite Care at The Oak Cottage! Do I sound biased? I am, since Our Respite Care will rival the best of places, and is so encompassing in the amount of sensory features, you have to try it; to experience it.
Call or write to us, and we can share our rates; and availability. Two weeks is a typical stay, and longer if the family needs the extra time to find rest and repose.
If you would like to contact Oak Cottage for a tour please call, 805-324-4391