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What is Respite Care?

Respite Care  is a temporarily sense of relief for a primary or family caregiver by offering their patient alternative care options.

Respite care allows primary caregivers to take a break from their usual duties of being responsible for their patients, allowing them to take care of themselves. Respite care is deemed an umbrella term that covers short term relief for a primary caregiver that is normally responsible for an elderly individual or someone that is ill.

Who Can Provide Respite Care?

Ways to Protect Your Parents from Feeling IsolatedRespite care can come in various forms, such as with a trained and skilled caregiver or through enrolling your loved one into an adult day care. There is no ‘one size fits all’ for respite care, as each individual and family will have different needs that they need to be met. Before making a formal decision about respite care, it is important to take the patients needs in mind, as that may influence the decision that is best for all parties. The most basic form of respite care is when a primary or familial caregiver asks for someone to temporarily take their place. This person could be a family member, friend or someone else that they trust with their patient. It is important to note that these individuals are more than likely not professional caregivers, but rather people that are willing to lend his or her time to help out the primary caregiver.

Traditional respite care is when a primary or familial caregiver hires a professional caregiver to come and take their place for a certain period of time. These caregivers can provide relief anywhere from a few hours to a few months. Professional caregivers are often specifically trained and well-versed in providing care to those in need. Whether the patient is ill, elderly or disabled, a professional caregiver is able to provide the proper services he or she needs in order to remain happy and healthy. Various services offered by a professional caregiver includes meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping and companionship. While the primary caregiver takes a much-needed hiatus and a well-deserved break, a professional caregiver will step in to provide quality care that will leave family and friends at ease.

Other forms of respite care can include temporary adult daycare centers or residential facilities (also known as skilled nursing facilities) specifically for seniors or ill patients. These options are best if the family and primary caregiver cannot find someone to replace them or do not want to employ a professional caregiver. The patient will have to be moved out of the comfort of their home and into the facility in question, but the primary caregiver will be given a break. We encourage each family and support system to explore the proper option for your loved one based on their needs, as each person will vary.

 

 

Why Respite Care is a Reliable Option

Meditation for Caregivers For primary or familial caregivers, emotions may run high and they may start to feel burnt out and exhausted. Respite care is a viable option for the caregivers that may be struggling with their daily tasks as a caregiver, as well as the tasks that they have at hand in their personal life. In order to cope with the struggles that a caregiver faces, it is important to know when a break is needed and warranted. Respite services are the perfect option for caregivers that are feeling as though they need a mental, emotional or physical break from a very demanding job. In order to have a health mind, heart and soul, caregivers must recognize when it is time to accept help, decompress and get back to feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on their job!

Of course, it is easier said than done for some caregivers. Although they may be feeling burnt out and exhausted, he or she may feel guilty leaving their loved ones. Caregiver guilt is common, especially when they are choosing to temporarily remove themselves for time off. When a professional caregiver is hired to replace the familial caregiver, it can bring a sense of ease and comfort to otherwise worrisome and restless minds.

Before making the decision of which respite care service to enlist during the primary caregiver’s absence, there are important things to consider, such as the following:

  • Is the caregiver qualified to take care of the patient? Do they have the skills needed to take care of them for a significant period of time?
  • Who will be paying the caregiver? Respite care through professional companies are not free, and they may add up if you are enlisting the help of a caregiver for more than a few weeks! Having a budget conversation prior to doing research will allow the process to be seamless, less stressful and easier for all parties involved.
  • Are the caregivers reliable? Often times, caregivers that are friends or family may call out sick or have personal emergencies come up. Professional home care agencies have the ability to try to send replacements, should the original caregiver be unable to fulfill their duties for that day.

There are a lot of factors to consider before hiring someone for respite care. Respite care services are wonderful and can provide primary caregivers with much needed breaks!  We encourage all individuals to do their research and to take their loved ones needs, health and happiness into consideration when looking for alternatives.

24 Hour Home Care offers respite care to familial and primary caregivers that are in need of assistance. In home respite care will give you peace of mind that your loved ones are in good hands while you take time to yourself. As a respite care provider, 24 Hour Home Care can assist your family with personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, transportation, light housekeeping and can provide companionship. Now familial caregivers can take the break they deserve to rest and recharge, while their loved one is being cared for safely at home. Our flexible schedules allow your family to receive long term respite care or short term respite care, fitting the exact needs of you and your loved ones.

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Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
Reviewer: Liliana D
Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
Reviewer: Tatyana
Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Highly recommend!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great, award-winning company!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great company! Highly recommend.
Reviewer: CAROL
CAROL 2020-08-01 via Google
I LOVE BEING ON CALL THRU THE WEEK MAKE MORE MONEY, WORK WHEN YOU WANT. LOVE LOVE LOVE 24 HR AND ALL THE STAFFERS THERE THE BEST.
Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
Raul 2020-05-28 via Google
Great place to work for!

The Most Trusted Caregivers

The success of our clients and company is entirely dependent on the quality of our caregivers. We make certain to find and provide our senior clients with the industry's best caretakers so that they have a positive in-home care experience. We submit all of our caregivers through nationwide background checks, assessment tests, and verify multiple references. All of our caregivers are required to be compassionate, reliable, experienced, and above all else, TRUSTWORTHY. We understand that you are entrusting your loved one's home and well-being with our company, and we take that very seriously.

24 Hour Home Care® is committed to improving the lives of our senior clients. By assisting seniors with their daily living activities, we are able to keep them at home where they are comfortable and allow them to thrive during this chapter of their lives. Not only do we strive to exceed customer satisfaction, but we strive to exceed employee satisfaction. We want all of our caregivers to be proud and happy to work for 24 Hour Home Care® so that they will provide the best senior home care possible!

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