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What is Respite Care and What Are the Benefits of It?

By Lexington Squares | May 24, 2016


Need temporary relief from your caregiving duties? Want to go away on vacation with a friend or spouse? Then you need respite care. Respite care gives families a short break from their caregiving responsibilities, allowing them to get some much-needed ‘me’ time. With professional respite care, you don’t have to feel guilty when you need some time off. Your loved one is in good hands.

Rest and Renewal

Sometimes you just need a break from your daily responsibilities. Spend a weekend getting pampered with your closest friends. Head to a tropical destination and lounge in the sun. Or schedule a staycation where you can enjoy time alone in your home. Use this time to de-stress, relax and tend to your physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Family Preservation

While rewarding, caregiving can take a real toll on family dynamics. Don’t give up. Respite care allows caregivers ample time to focus on other family members and difficult situations like divorce and neglect. Step out of your caregiving role. Use this time wisely to preserve the family unit.

Financial Control

If your loved one has recently suffered from an illness or injury, you may be worried about your finances. Maybe you can’t afford to take time off from work. With respite care, you don’t have to sacrifice money for proper care. In a respite care facility, your loved one will be provided with expert healthcare during the recovery period.

Mix and Mingle

For many caregivers, social isolation is a huge issue. Between work, chores and your caregiving duties, you likely have little time to socialize with friends. Lack of socialization can negatively affect your mood, energy and overall happiness. With respite care, you’ll gain more time for social interactions. Engage with friends and family again.

Flexible Options

You never know what life has in store for you. Having a respite care service on call can provide significant peace of mind. Most respite care facilities offer flexible care options. With flexibility, you can find a schedule that suits your need and the needs of your loved one best.

Caregiving can be exhausting, no doubt. The good news? You don’t have to do it all on your own. Share the responsibilities with a trusted respite care facility that knows the ins and outs of senior care. Some time away may be just what you need to relax, revitalize and re-energize.


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