A healthcare service provider talking to a senior woman.

What is Respite Care?

Caregiving for an older adult or disabled relative can be demanding and family caregivers can face a number of challenges. For many, it’s a case of juggling loving care to a senior while you simultaneously tend to family needs. The care can become more complicated if you have another job outside the home. Getting support and maintaining your own health is critical to the role as caregiver so you should not feel guilty about needing time for yourself. Respite care can be arranged in-home or in a senior living community. Professional health caregivers provide short-term relief to primary caregivers. It can be scheduled for one afternoon, several days or weeks.

What Are the Benefits of Respite Care?

It’s not uncommon for family caregivers to feel some type of burnout and exhaustion. Even full-time, paid professional caregivers will tell you they have had to deal with overwhelming feelings. If you’re a family member, you cannot escape like paid professionals who can return home at the end of their day. Plus, you are still balancing your other responsibilities including possibly raising a family, providing financial help through your job and managing a household. Where do you find relief?

Respite Care is a Relief.

The real value of respite care is the break it offers both the caregiver and your loved one. You may need a break from stopping in every day to check on the meals, medication and welfare of a senior. Your loved one may need a break from the isolation in his or her home and want to enjoy more daily social interaction.

Respite care is especially ideal if you aren’t ready for the full commitment of moving a loved one to a senior living community. You can take a test run in a local community such as Country Gardens and see how you both feel about the temporary care. Short-term stays in our upbeat community give you the chance to interact with our friendly residents and join in our social activities.

Father and daughter enjoying time with senior mother cooking a meal.

A Short-Term Stay in our Muskogee, Oklahoma Community OfferS:

  • Inviting common areas for socializing and personal pursuits
  • Chef-prepared meals with restaurant-style service
  • Fitness programs including yoga
  • Social, activity and wellness programs
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Salon for cuts, styles and pampering
  • A chapel for spiritual renewal
  • A relaxing outdoor courtyard

Who Pays for Respite Care?

How it is paid for depends on whether respite care is delivered at home or in a hospital, assisted living community, or skilled nursing health care center. It also is dependent upon the kinds of services you use and how often. Most often, families rely on a variety of payment sources including government programs, personal funds and private financing arrangements.

You’ll Feel the Difference.

Are you a caregiver that needs a break from supporting your loved one? Let’s get together to talk about the respite care services within our community and the relief they provide. For more information, call 918-686-8100 today.