What is Respite Care?
Respite care is relief for caregivers who provide home care for a loved one, allowing time to take a break. Respite is provided in a variety of settings by caregivers who have specialized education and/or training for specific age groups and care needs. Regardless of the setting, respite care provides safe, quality care for a family member while a caregiver has personal time. That may be for a few hours or several days, depending on choice and service availability.
Respite Care Benefits
Respite care is noted to have positive benefits for care recipients and caregivers. One apparent benefit is keeping a person at home, delaying or avoiding the need for living in a facility. In Canada this is part of a shift to community-based healthcare, including increases in home care.
The Alzheimer Society in Canada points out that regular relief offers caregivers renewal. Mind and body are refreshed by self-care activities with friends, or on one’s own. Certainly, other sources remark on the importance of caregivers having respite time for other family matters. The benefits show with reductions in burnout, sadness, or emotional outbursts. Respite benefits care recipients and givers who are isolated. Also, home care staff offer an added, healthy dynamic to the relationship.
Elderly Respite Care
Are you the family member who has primary home care responsibility for a senior spouse or parent? If so, you know how important it is to have time away from caregiving. It is good for your family member too, as social interaction is increased. Whether you wish to spend an afternoon with a friend or have time with family, it’s important to take time out for yourself.
Elderly care often takes place in a person’s home. It may also occur in an adult child’s home, a long-term care home, or as part of an adult day program. When elder care is at home, it may include personal care, such as bathing, and household cleaning. It may also offer professional nursing or therapy services.
Ontario’s senior citizen population requires the greatest number of similar services. That will increase as the number of elders is projected to almost double by 2041, as displayed in Table 1.
2017: Elders Age 65 and Over2041: Elders Age 65 and Over
|Population||2.4 million||Population||4.6 million|
|Percent of Population||16.7%||Percent of Population||24.8%|
|2017: Elders Age 65 and Over|
|Percent of Population||16.7%|
|2041: Elders Age 65 and Over|
|Percent of Population||24.8%|
Adult Respite Care
Adult respite care is specialized care for adults of any age who have serious health conditions and/or disabilities. Care often occurs in the comfort of the individual’s home. People with these chronic concerns benefit from the security of a familiar setting. As such, family caregivers have access to necessary special equipment and resources.
Children’s Respite Care
Children who live with health and disability challenges often live at home with their families. Respite care services are beneficial for all concerned, particularly when conducted with a family focus. Summer camps and childcare programs offer children with special needs the chance to interact with their age-mates. Doing so offers positive effects for development and socialization.
In some communities, families work together to create respite exchanges or buddy and drop-off programs. While, these afford parents to meet, exchange information and shared understanding of their family commitment, they are popular on sites like Facebook.
Is Our Family Eligible for Care?
As you know, caring for a loved one can consume time and energy. Supporting your family member is important to you. Despite this, planning ahead and gathering care information can fall behind. The hours fly by, without your having looked into respite care. Due to this oversight, personal time can be severely compromised from the family member. As a result of this, the family member can suffer for exhaustion, frustration and other mental stresses.
The good news is there are community resources to turn to! Your Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) will assist with determining your family’s eligibility for respite care. Click on this link to access information about the LHIN in your region.
Be Sure to Plan Ahead
As the number of elders continues to increase, so will the demand for respite care services. One key to a successful getaway is advance planning. Of course, if you fall ill, there are options for families faced with challenging circumstances.
Another part of planning ahead is to keep in mind that Canada’s healthcare system is changing. There are variations in public funding for elder care services. Some home care programs include respite care. Families need to be know they may have to use their own financial resources to pay for elder care. Due to the importance, there are organizations that are advocating for expanded respite care availability, including financial assistance for families.
Ayd Cares is your Local Respite Resource
Ayd Cares is available to help you or your family member when you need respite care services. We work with you to select a care option that promotes your loved one’s safety and comfort during your time away from home. Whether you choose hourly care, short-term live-in care, or one of our other choices, we are here to support you and your family with quality home care. Ayd Cares provides services in the GTA and Kingston areas.