What is Respite Care?

Respite Care Senior Woman with Caregiver.FSCBlog1Being a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a full-time job—and as with any full-time job, you sometimes need to take a break, to preserve your own mental health and to protect against burnout. What options are available to full-time dementia caregivers, though? One answer is respite care, which allows the caregiver to take a temporary rest while the person with dementia is kept safe and sound in a supportive, nurturing environment.

When you pursue respite care, you’re not forsaking your responsibilities as a caregiver; you’re just giving yourself some time to recharge your batteries. The idea is to return to your duties soon, rested up and stronger than ever.

Indeed, when you use respite care, it enables you to do any number of things—such as:

  • Spending time with family or friends you don’t get to see as often.
  • Simply relaxing or enjoying some leisure time all by yourself.
  • Taking care of your own errands—doctor’s appointments, hair appointments, shopping, etc.

Some caregivers use respite care at various times throughout the week, and others more sporadically. The hope is that you find a rhythm that you are comfortable with. A big part of that is finding a place where you can leave your loved one in good hands, and have total peace of mind that they are safe and happy while you’re off doing your own thing.

Of course, senior day care can provide just such an environment—and not just a place where your loved ones can sit with their hands folded, either. Actually, in a day care setting, those with dementia can interact with other people having similar experiences, and also participate in engaging activities that keep their minds stimulated.

Respite care can be a treat for everyone involved—and senior day care is a great place to pursue it.

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