What is Respite?

What Is Respite?

Respite is time taken by a caregiver for rest and rejuvenation.  It is temporary, short-term, relief that provides a break from the demands of ongoing care for an individual with disabilities, special needs or chronic illness.  Acadia Care Group believes every caregiver deserves a Respite, a break, from their role as a caregiver.

Why is Respite Needed?

Everyone needs a break especially those who are dealing with the demanding job of caring for a loved one around the clock.  More and more people, often family members, are being thrust into the role of caregiver.  One in three Americans are caregivers at some time in their lives and if you are not one now, it is highly likely you will be a caregiver for a parent, spouse, family member, friend, neighbor or child someday.

Even though caregivers often feel guilty leaving their loved one in the care of someone else, the time away is just as important for the caregiver as it is for the person they are caring for.  The use of Respite care has been shown to reduce the likelihood of unhappiness, divorce, health issues and allows necessary time off from the demands of caregiving.  Respite can be used by simply taking a rest, attend a support group, taking a course in order to train and educate themselves for the role as a caregiver.  Studies show that Respite is essential because it reduces stress and helps caregivers keep their loved ones at home for longer periods of time.

Respite care may be provided by family members, friends, neighbors, Respite volunteers, caregiver companions, home health aides, Respite care workers or care provider agencies.

There are three options of Respite care service:

In-home Respite care takes place in the home of the family or caregiver needing relief. This has the advantage of convenience for the loved one with a special need but often is not ideal for the caregiver who may want to remain at home alone or with a spouse. Additionally, many caregivers express a desire to spend time at home with other children or to finish a household chore without interruption.

Out-of-home Respite care takes place at various locations outside the home of the person with a special need. This could include public places, parks or even the Respite care worker’s home.

Community-based facilities or are more formal but may be ideal for all families. Sometimes caregivers want or need to take an extended leave and are uncomfortable allowing a Respite care worker in the home while they are away for longer periods of time.