Respite Care: What It Is, Why You Should Consider It

Respite care is a valuable resource as it provides primary caregivers some time off from caring for their aging or disabled loved one. A caregiver taking some time off will help them to reduce stress, avoid burnout, and return refreshed.  It can be arranged for just an afternoon, or for several days or weeks. Respite care can be provided at home, in a skilled nursing healthcare facility, or at an adult day center.

 

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Respite Care: Caregivers, Don’t Feel Guilty

Don’t get self-conscious about taking some time off. Think of it this way; machines also need rest and maintenance. And, you are not a machine. Approach respite care as you would your personal medical issue. You certainly can’t take good care of your loved one, if you’re not taking good care of yourself.

According to Kelli Davidson, author of “Taking Care of Mom and Dad – A Baby Boomers Resource Guide. “Many people just don’t know respite care is out there,” They get to the point of getting ill and then someone says to them: ‘Don’t you know you can get some help for this?'”

 

Respite Care: It Benefits Everyone

If your loved one requires medical assistance, of course it’s probably best to use a skilled nursing home facility for the respite care while you take some time off. On site trained professional experts can handle any emergency.

 

Respite Care: For How Long?

The length of time respite care lasts should be discussed between the caregiver and the family. It can be a day, a weekend away, 1-2 weeks, or even a month. Not only does the caregiver benefit, but the loved one gets to acclimate to having someone else take care of them.  In addition, regular respite care will help your loved one acclimate to having someone else care for them. This may come in handy if the primary caregiver unexpectedly is unable to provide care.

 

Respite Care: Silver Center Health Care, Cherry Hill, NJ.

Caregivers who need a break can depend on Silver Health Care’s superb, compassionate staff to pinch hit for you for as short or long as needed. We welcome any individual 18 years and older in need of 24-hour supervision and medical care. This includes assistance with daily activities, specialized food preparation, and medication monitoring. We also offer complex care for patients suffering from degenerative conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, dementia, stroke and paralysis. For families who want to rest easy at night, there is no better place to entrust a loved one than the Silver Healthcare Center. We accept Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans, as well as private pay. Our Director of Admissions is an expert in insurance and Medicare/Medicaid guidelines.

Call us ( 856-795-3131) to arrange a tour of our beautiful facility.

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