Respite care services provide temporary relief for the family while caring for a sick, elderly, or disabled loved one. Respite care gives the primary caregiver an often much-needed break. Respite senior care can be for several weeks, a single morning, or several afternoons. Like other services, respite care is usually charged by the hour, so you can choose the amount of time you need. 

Sometimes you can elicit the help of other family members or friends to give the primary caregiver a break. If that is not possible or reliable, you may want to consider hiring outside help. 

Where to Get Care

If your loved one needs a constant companion or commonly called a “sitter,” can arrange respite care in your home, adult center, residential, and nursing healthcare facilities. 

How to Pay

More often than not, you will be responsible for covering the costs of this care. In the case of hospice care, Medicare will pay up to five days in a row in a hospital or nursing facility. Most insurance plans will not cover these services. 

As a caregiver, you are given a lot of responsibility for your loved one and taking care of your health. It can be overwhelming to meet the demands of a person unable to care for themselves day after day. Giving yourself a chance to refresh yourself with a break from the daily care can reinvigorate your caregiving role. 

When to Get Help

If you are the primary caregiver for a sick, disabled, or senior unable to care for themself anymore, please consider getting respite care by having someone you trust to come into the home to maintain your health and mental well-being. 

If you want more information about respite senior care, please contact All American Senior Care at (903) 628-5580.