Frequently Asked Questions About Respite Care

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Respite Care FAQs

Taking care of our loved ones on a daily basis can sometimes take a toll on us. You shouldn’t feel guilty or nervous to take a break, regroup and refresh. When it’s time to take care of your own needs, respite care service is available to take over your caregiving responsibilities.

Surprisingly, only 12% of family caregivers take advantage of respite care services, say the experts at the National Alliance of Caregiving and AARP. Many chalk it up to families not being aware of respite care or having misconceptions about what it is.

With that in mind, we created this guide to answer questions on respite care that families who care for a senior may have.

Q: What is respite care?

A: Respite care is a short-term stay at a senior living community. It’s designed to keep seniors safe and well cared for while caregivers take some time to refresh. During their stay, the respite guest receives the same support, services, and amenities as the community’s long-term residents and has the opportunity to connect with some new friends. 

Q: How do I find respite care near me?

A: Start with doing some research online. See which communities near you provide the service you need. Go for a tour and ask the community about how they can best accommodate you. Word of mouth is also a good way to find respite care. Ask friends and colleagues who’ve utilized it for a loved one what they liked – and didn’t like – about the senior living community they used. 

Your senior loved one’s physician might be another good resource to turn to for recommendations. They are often very familiar with senior living communities that offer these short-term stays. Physicians also have the benefit of hearing feedback from their patients and families about their experiences with different respite care providers. 

You might also want to turn to your local agency on aging or Alzheimer’s Association for advice. Most maintain a list of local options that they share upon request.

Q: What is included in a respite care stay?

A: The daily rate for most assisted living communities includes a private apartment or suite, all utilities, three well-balanced meals and snacks, life enrichment experiences, wellness programs, and housekeeping services. 

Personal care, medication management, and toileting assistance may be assessed in a separate fee depending upon how much help the respite guest requires.

Q: Can the senior living community provide medication help?

A: Yes, medication management is one of the most requested services. Each community handles the process a little bit differently, so be sure you ask questions about it at every community you visit.

Q: How do I decide which senior living community to use for respite?

A: Hands down the best way to make such an important decision is by visiting the community in person. Tour the community at least twice and take good notes. Go at different times of day so you can see what life is like at the community throughout the day. Ask to see the apartment or suite your loved one would be staying in, and ask to meet the department heads to be sure you are comfortable with the leadership team.

Q: What should I look for in a respite care community?

A: Even though this is a short-term stay, you’ll still want to do your homework and research each community to find one that is the best fit for your loved one. 

A few questions to ask on your visit include:

• Will someone be available to show your family member around, such as at meal time or to participate in community events?
• Do respite guests eat with long-term residents of the community?
• How will your family member be introduced to new friends? 
• What is the community’s process for managing medication?

Q: How much does respite care cost? 

A: The answer to this question can vary depending upon the area of the country you live in and the type of support your loved one requires. Many senior living communities charge the same daily rate for respite guests as they do for permanent residents, while others may offer discounts on respite. Talk with the community you are interested in about their fees. 

Short-Term Respite at Benchmark

Our Respite Care Program can provide you with just what you and your loved one need—time to relax, recuperate, and rejuvenate. Whether you’re going away on business, planning a vacation, or simply need some time to yourself, Benchmark’s short-term respite care is the perfect solution for providing your loved one with the individualized care they need. 

Find a Benchmark Community near you. 
Taking care of our loved ones on a daily basis can sometimes take a toll on us. You shouldn’t feel guilty or nervous to take a break, regroup and refresh. When it’s time to take care of your own needs, respite care service is available to take over your caregiving responsibilities.

Surprisingly, only 12% of family caregivers take advantage of respite care services, say the experts at the National Alliance of Caregiving and AARP. Many chalk it up to families not being aware of respite care or having misconceptions about what it is.

With that in mind, we created this guide to answer questions on respite care that families who care for a senior may have.

Q: What is respite care?

A: Respite care is a short-term stay at a senior living community. It’s designed to keep seniors safe and well cared for while caregivers take some time to refresh. During their stay, the respite guest receives the same support, services, and amenities as the community’s long-term residents and has the opportunity to connect with some new friends. 

Q: How do I find respite care near me?

A: Start with doing some research online. See which communities near you provide the service you need. Go for a tour and ask the community about how they can best accommodate you. Word of mouth is also a good way to find respite care. Ask friends and colleagues who’ve utilized it for a loved one what they liked – and didn’t like – about the senior living community they used. 

Your senior loved one’s physician might be another good resource to turn to for recommendations. They are often very familiar with senior living communities that offer these short-term stays. Physicians also have the benefit of hearing feedback from their patients and families about their experiences with different respite care providers. 

You might also want to turn to your local agency on aging or Alzheimer’s Association for advice. Most maintain a list of local options that they share upon request.

Q: What is included in a respite care stay?

A: The daily rate for most assisted living communities includes a private apartment or suite, all utilities, three well-balanced meals and snacks, life enrichment experiences, wellness programs, and housekeeping services. 

Personal care, medication management, and toileting assistance may be assessed in a separate fee depending upon how much help the respite guest requires.

Q: Can the senior living community provide medication help?

A: Yes, medication management is one of the most requested services. Each community handles the process a little bit differently, so be sure you ask questions about it at every community you visit.

Q: How do I decide which senior living community to use for respite?

A: Hands down the best way to make such an important decision is by visiting the community in person. Tour the community at least twice and take good notes. Go at different times of day so you can see what life is like at the community throughout the day. Ask to see the apartment or suite your loved one would be staying in, and ask to meet the department heads to be sure you are comfortable with the leadership team.

Q: What should I look for in a respite care community?

A: Even though this is a short-term stay, you’ll still want to do your homework and research each community to find one that is the best fit for your loved one. 

A few questions to ask on your visit include:

• Will someone be available to show your family member around, such as at meal time or to participate in community events?
• Do respite guests eat with long-term residents of the community?
• How will your family member be introduced to new friends? 
• What is the community’s process for managing medication?

Q: How much does respite care cost? 

A: The answer to this question can vary depending upon the area of the country you live in and the type of support your loved one requires. Many senior living communities charge the same daily rate for respite guests as they do for permanent residents, while others may offer discounts on respite. Talk with the community you are interested in about their fees. 

Short-Term Respite at Benchmark

Our Respite Care Program can provide you with just what you and your loved one need—time to relax, recuperate, and rejuvenate. Whether you’re going away on business, planning a vacation, or simply need some time to yourself, Benchmark’s short-term respite care is the perfect solution for providing your loved one with the individualized care they need. 

Find a Benchmark Community near you. 

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