What Is Respite Care? Gainesville Elder Law The Miller Elder Law Firm explains respite care, and how important it is for those who are caregivers to take care of themselves as well.
“Respite care is for someone who is a caregiver and they’ve been providing care for someone for a long, long time. It may be that the individual is at the end of their life, or they could have an injury or a disease that lasts for many years. We might ask for respite care for the caregiver because they need a break. If you’re a caregiver, your life expectancy actually decreases because of the stress and the turmoil that you’re going through in caring for someone.
Respite care is very important for caregivers to have. If you’re taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s, and you can get someone to give you a break for a couple of hours, great, take it. If you can get someone to give you a break for a couple of days, even better. But, definitely take care yourself as the caregiver so that you can take care of the person who needs your care.”