Respite Care Definition and Meaning
Respite Care means someone providing care for certain time to relieve the primary caregiver (usually a family member). Within that definition though, the use of respite care varies, some people use it for a few hours a days, some people use it for overnight care, some people use it when they want to go on vacation and some people use it for as needed basis. There is no right or wrong way, it is what you need to provide care to a family member to give yourself some relieve or to make sure your family member has some assistance with tasks that they themselves are not fully able to perform.
Care Location and Services
Respite Care can be provided at a private residence, at a senior living facility or at a day care facility. Depending upon where you choose to receive the care, the type of services you will receive will vary. Care at a private residence will most likely give you the maximum flexibility in terms of type of service and hours of care. Respite care is a great way to get assistance with advanced tasks such as giving a bath, providing incontinence care, mobility assistance but many people also use it just to get some extra help with meal preparation, light housekeeping, companionship and engagement and for running errands or going to doctor’s appointment.
Respite care providers are qualified caregivers who are experienced and trained in providing personal and home care to clients with different medical conditions; including dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, cancer patients, stroke patients, patients with limited mobility or just seniors who need a little bit of help with Activities of Daily Living (ADL). Highly qualified and experienced caregivers at Life Foundation Home Care provide respite care to many clients every day so that they can have a meaningful life in the safety of their homes.
Paying for Respite Care
Respite Care services are generally paid for privately; most of the health insurance companies will not cover for those kind of services. Long term insurance companies can cover these services if the patient has a chronic condition that requires long term assistance and care. For qualified Veterans and surviving spouses, VA can also pay for those services. You can find out more information about VA benefits for Respite Care under our Veterans Home Care page.
Life Foundation Home Care is an award winning home care agency that provides care in the state of Texas. We follow our patient centric care model to develop and implement a personalized careplan that is unique to your needs and condition. To know more about our care programs or to discuss your care needs, you can send us an online inquiry or you can call us at (832) 612-0472.