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Caring for a loved one who is ill or living with a disability at home is a 24/7 job. Consequently, caregivers need to create space to properly care for themselves. Otherwise, you risk burnout and exhaustion, which serve neither you nor your loved one. Direct Care Innovations wants you to know that help is available and necessary. Here is everything you need to know about respite care.

Everything You Need To Know About Respite Care

Respite Care: Do You Need It?

Those living will long-term illnesses and disabilities sometimes require around-the-clock care. Strokes, traumatic brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, and cancer provide a few examples. We know you care deeply for your loved one, and it can feel selfish to take time for yourself. You may also worry about leaving them with someone else. However, you only serve your loved ones better by practicing self-care and taking breaks. You’ll be happy to know that organizations exist to fulfill this specific need.

About Respite Care

Respite care offers a safe, comfortable atmosphere for your loved one during your much-needed break. Moreover, the services are often as flexible as you need them to be and offer various options. You choose whether to use an in-home service, a day-care center, or a residential facility. Whether you need a break for a couple of hours or a few weeks, or whether you want direct, one-to-one care versus a group environment, interim care provides a viable solution. Trained respite care providers provide companionship and practical help, including bathing and helping with meals, medications, and mobility. 

Group Care Facilities

Group respite care typically occurs in assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, and similar facilities. Benefits include opportunities for creative activities, such as music, dance, and art. Additionally, group care creates a social environment where your loved one can spend time interacting with others in meaningful ways. After all, social interaction is essential for the elderly and isolated. 

Many assisted living facilities also offer short-term options known as residential respite care. These facilities provide a great solution when you require coverage for a couple of weeks. Even better, they may have access to exercise options, hair salons, and fun activities with others. You can rest easy knowing your loved one is in good hands with skilled direct care staff. 

Home-Based Respite Health

If you prefer home-based healthcare for your loved one, you can go that route, too. Like group settings, individual direct care staff includes skilled workers who provide in-home services and companionship for the elderly and those living with disabilities or long-term illnesses. Moreover, you can schedule service providers to help bathe and dress your loved one. Finally, some providers can even tidy up and help with small tasks around the house. 

About DCI

Direct Care Innovations provides business management software and custom automated workflows to managed care organizations, Medicaid and Medicare agencies, and United States government agencies. Our feature-rich SaaS solution makes your organization’s life easier while ensuring you remain compliant with EVV and other regulatory requirements. Call 480-295-3307 to learn more. We serve the entire United States and look forward to serving you.

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