Respite care is short-term or temporary care provided to seniors within an assisted living community. This type of care offers much-needed breaks from the physical and emotional demands of regularly caring for someone else. It also allows the senior to participate in new activities and to socialize with others.
The length of stay can vary based on the individual facility, and on the needs of the caregiver. For example, a caregiver may utilize this solution for a couple of days, during a week-long vacation, or even for months at a time. Some families find it helpful to try a respite care stay while considering a more permanent move to an assisted living community.
Respite care can also be provided in the home through home care or in an adult day service, each with its own specific benefits:
Seniors receiving respite care in a residential program get the same type of assistance with daily tasks that they would be given in assisted living, only on a short-term basis. These include:
Respite care residents may live in a small apartment, or in a shared bedroom with a bathroom.
The cost of Respite Care can vary greatly among various assisted living communities. These factors are often based on:
According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the National Daily Median cost of assisted living care in the United States is $141. But, most communities will charge a type of premium for a shorter term stay.
For information on the cost of assisted living in your area, visit one of the links below:
– Katie Reed