What is Respite Care and How Can it Help You?

Interim HealthCare Blogs
Posted: 4/7/2021 12:41 PM by Interim HealthCare
Filed under: care, healthcare, home, in, interim, is, respite, what

Everyone needs a break.

Mothers of toddlers, managers of busy departments, first responders, and medical personnel a respite from their duties now and then. And that is the purpose of respite care for family members who act as caregivers for an elderly parent or grandparent.

As the National Institute on Aging notes, respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. It can be arranged for just an afternoon or for several days or weeks.

According to Webster’s dictionary, a “respite” is a period of temporary delay or an interval of rest or relief. And respite care is specifically used to describe providing temporary care in relief of a primary caregiver.

The Challenges and Benefits of Respite Care

What is Respite Care and How Can it Help You?

The emphasis of caregiving is “giving” and the reality of giving so much of yourself is that it can be overwhelming at times.

Another reality of caregiving is that caregiver burnout is quite common. To provide the best care possible for your loved one, it is essential to take a break from care from time to time.

But family members who act as caregivers for their aging parents sometimes have difficulty accepting this. 

According to WebMD, for example, 

“The first obstacle might be admitting that you need a break. You can become so focused on caring for another person that you feel like you can’t take time to look after yourself, too.” 

However, by trying too hard to always be there or being bound by a sense of familial duty, you are actually doing a disservice to both yourself and your loved one. Not to mention your family. In fact, one of the best things you can do for your parent or grandparent - and yourself - is to arrange for respite care on a regular basis.

As the WebMD article goes on to note,

“Let yourself take breaks now and then so you don’t get mentally, emotionally, and physically drained. When you come back, you’ll be able to focus more energy on your role, and that will be a boost for the person you’re caring for.”

While it may seem somewhat consequential, there are huge benefits for full-time caregivers to have a chance to spend time with other friends and family, or to just relax.

Quality Help in Time of Need

No one person can do it all and everyone needs a “break” once in a while. 

In fact, when it comes to providing care and assistance for seniors at home, it is actually far more beneficial for everyone when a family caregiver can step away from that responsibility periodically. 
Which is the purpose of respite care.

Utilizing respite care provides a break from the daily routine of caregiving, which can help relieve stress, and allow for rest. Making use of respite care services allows family caregivers the opportunity to “recharge’ and it can help restore a much needed balance in their lives.

The length of time for respite care services can vary depending on the need. Sometimes just a few hours during a day or a few days in a week is sufficient. In addition, respite care can be used for a longer period to allow for a family vacation away from home. 

At Interim HealthCare of Santa Rosa, we understand the physical, mental, and emotional demands of being a family caregiver. That's why we provide respite care for family caregivers throughout Sonoma County including cities such as Santa Rosa, Windsor, Healdsburg, and Guerneville. 

Respite care can be provided by our Home Care Professionals for a few hours, a day, a week, or as long as needed. Our in-home caregivers can help with all types of assistance such as:
  • Helping with shopping and errands like picking up prescriptions or dry cleaning.
  • Light housekeeping and meal preparation.
  • Providing transportation and companionship for appointments.
  • Helping with bathing, grooming, dressing, and other personal care activities. 
At Interim HealthCare we thoroughly interview, screen, and perform background checks for every one of our respite professionals. In addition, we take the time to carefully match every caregiver with clients to ensure that they meet their expectations and personal preferences.

When it comes to respite care, our goal is to provide the comfort and peace of mind you need while you take a well-deserved break from the daily requirements of caregiving.

Your Local and Best Choice for Senior Assisted Care Services

We understand that taking care of an aging parent or grandparent can be stressful. That’s why we are always ready to offer our quality respite care services. And you should also know that finding long-term in-home care service for your loved one in Sonoma County doesn’t have to be stressful, as well. 

At Interim HealthCare of Santa Rosa, we can provide the independence and peace of mind that your aging loved one needs with our in home assisted care services.

And, because we also understand that you want to do what is right for both them and for your family, we can help provide a tailored solution for providing an in-home caregiver.

One way we help ensure that your loved one can remain safe and independent in their own home is that our in-home assisted care professionals are fully vetted with background checks and drug screens before they ever step foot in your home.

In addition, Interim HealthCare is fully bonded and insured.

If you or an aging loved one need in-home care services, contact Interim HealthCare of Santa Rosa today.
At Interim HealthCare, we offer a wide variety of home care ranging from respite care, assisted living at home, to Alzheimer's care and much more.

To schedule your No-Obligation in-home evaluation, or to learn more about homecare services, just click on the red "Contact Us" button to the right, complete and submit the brief form, and we will contact you soon. you can also call us directly at our Santa Rosa office at (707) 545-4986.


Need Help at Home?

Send us your questions about home care or a specific request. We're here to help.