Respite care is another service that Broad Creek Manor Assisted Living provides to northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania families. But exactly what is respite care? In a nutshell, respite care provides temporary relief (respite) for caregivers. Caring for a senior loved one who needs help with bathing, dressing, eating, and other activities of daily living (ADLs) can be physically and emotionally exhausting.
That is especially true if your loved one suffers from a form of dementia, and has become forgetful, verbally abusive, or aggressive. You feel like you just need a break. That’s where respite services come in.
There are two main types of respite care – in-home care and residential care. Here at Broad Creek Manor Assisted Living, your loved one stays with us. We do not send respite care staff to your home. In addition, respite care arrangements must be made in advance. We do not allow caregivers to show up unannounced to drop a loved one off. We handle respite services on a case-by-case basis/ length of stay. In general, you can schedule a respite stay for anywhere between a week and a month.
Residential respite care with us includes the same services and amenities that our long-term assisted living residents receive. That includes:
Scheduling a respite stay is actually a great way to test out an assisted living facility if you think that might be a future option for your loved one. Planning ahead can make these decisions easier for everyone.
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When you schedule respite care with us, we will ask you detailed questions and may request documentation regarding your loved one’s medical, physical, and emotional needs. This is so that we can best care for them while you take a much-needed break.
You can get a good night’s sleep, knowing that your loved one will be well taken care of, and have all of their needs met in a safe and secure environment. As an added bonus, they will likely make new friends while they’re here.
There are many reasons caregivers may schedule a respite care stay. Those include, but are not limited to:
Whatever the reason, scheduling respite care is easy to do and a smart decision for you and your loved one. You do your best to care for them, but you also need to care for yourself and your home.
It’s important to note that Medicare does not pay for residential respite care. If your loved one has long-term care insurance, that might help cover the costs. In some cases, Veterans’ benefits may help cover the cost of respite care. We can discuss your options when you call or schedule a visit.
If you’ve planned a vacation, need to recover from surgery, or simply need some downtime from caring for a senior loved one, let us help. Call Broad Creek Assisted Living at 410-459-9959 or fill out the contact form to inquire about our respite services. You can schedule a tour of our residential assisted living home as well if you would like.
We’re convenient to Harford County, Cecil County, and Baltimore County in Maryland, as well as York County and Lancaster County in Pennsylvania.