thinking about respite care

Caring for an elderly is a difficult task which is why you need some professional help for that. The respite care is basically a term that is used for having a short term professional support for the care of an elderly. That professional care giver will help you in your family in the caring process and provides you with the opportunity to complete your other tasks. It can also be provided by a family member or a friend.

Things to consider before hiring a respite care:

The time duration for which you can have the respite care depends on your need. You can get it for few hours or for few days. However, you need to make sure that the person you are selecting for these services is eligible for this. Moreover, it can also happen in your house or at some guest house when you are on a trip. There are some important points that should be considered if you are deciding to get the respite care.

1.      Consult your elderly loved one:

As you are doing this for the sake of your loved one, you need to consult them too in the process. It is better if you ask for their consent before hiring a person. As they will be the one who will spend the time with the care giver. If the person is of their choice, they will be able to spend time comfortably.

2.      Consider your needs:

The next important point which should be considered is your needs. Every family has their own rules and their own values that should be considered before entering another person in the circle. This will also include the extent of expertise you require in the care giver. In severe cases, you have to consider a person who has a professional training regarding this.

3.      Know the person you are hiring:

It is important to have a proper conversation with the person you are hiring for the respite care of an elderly. If necessary, conduct an in-depth interview so that all points can be cleared out. Make sure you effectively communicate all your needs and wants to the other person. Also, listen to their requirements as well.

Types of respite care facilities:

There are different types of respite care facilities you can have for your loved ones. The major types include the following:

·        In-home respite care: The first type of respite care is the one that you get for your home. It will be hired for few hours to few days.

·        Centre-based care: This type of care involves a day that is spent in a club or a day care center where your loved ones can have interesting activities.

·        Community-based care: This type of care allows you to have an interaction with the people of the community hence providing a great social experience.

Before you decide for getting respite care, make sure the person fulfills your criteria and understand your needs.

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