What is Respite?

Respite is a short-term break from caregiving that can be invaluable for caregivers. It helps to restore energy, reduce stress and provide an opportunity for self-care. Respite services can range from informal arrangements with family and friends, to respite programs through local non-profit organizations or government agencies.

Take Time out For Respite

For many caregivers, the ability to have respite can make all the difference in their ability to continue providing care. Caregivers often face physical, emotional and financial strain as they juggle the demands of caring for a loved one in addition to their own lives. Taking time out for themselves allows them to recharge and rejuvenate so they are better able to handle the demands of daily life and their caregiving responsibilities.

Respite Care Considerations

When deciding on respite services, it is important to consider the individual needs of both the caregiver and the person receiving care. For example, if a family member or friend is providing most of the caregiving duties, then informal arrangements may be best. On the other hand, if more intensive care is required, then a respite program through a non-profit organization or government agency may be the best option.

Respite Care has to be a Good Fit for the Care Giver and the One Receiving Care

The key is to find a respite option that works for both the caregiver and the person receiving care. Taking time out for yourself can help you stay healthy and reduce stress, allowing you to continue providing quality care for your loved one. Respite is an important part of any caregiving plan and should not be overlooked. With the right support, it can make a world of difference in the lives of both caregivers and those they are caring for.

Respite Care Options in Western New York

If you have a loved one with Dementia and need some time away, the Alzheimer’s Association provides respite services.  There is also a Respite Program called “The Exhale Initiative” that is sponsored by the Ralph Wilson Foundation.  Take a look at the services they provide for those that need a break.  Contact us if you have any further questions about options available in the Western New York area.  Respite can also include supporting clients with downsizing and giving the caregiver a break if they are dealing with supporting their loved one and trying to get them safely moved.