Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their senior loved ones so they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite care.
Respite care is the provision of short-term, temporary relief in a licensed residential facility to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement outside the home. Respite also provides a positive experience for the person receiving care.
Respite provides a break for the family caregiver, which may prove beneficial to her health. A majority of family caregivers report fair or poor health, with one or more chronic conditions, or a disability.
Respite has been shown to help sustain family caregiver health and wellbeing, avoid or delay out-of-home placements, and reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect.