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Respite and Other Senior Care Options
What is Respite Care?
Respite care provides temporary relief for a primary caregiver, enabling you to take a much-needed break from caring for a loved one.
Whether it’s just for a week or an extended vacation, seeking respite care can help ease the burden of family caregiving and help to relieve stress, restore your energy, and promote balance in your life.
In Home Care - Sitters
In-home care - sitters are personal care professionals that assist with the basic tasks of living like cooking and cleaning. These helpers are not medical professionals, but are trained to help with essential daily activities for those who struggle due to chronic illness, age, or disability.
Some personal care professionals have more specialized training than others. Some may simply assist with tasks like laundry, cooking, and cleaning, while others are trained to help older adults with bathing or transferring from their bed to their wheelchair. In addition, some caregivers are simply hired to help provide companionship for an older adult who is unable to leave the house or requires stimulation to help prevent dementia.
Personal care and companionship services do not require a prescription from a healthcare provider. It’s up to seniors and their family members to decide whether this care is necessary and arrange help. Seniors can also decide exactly which tasks they need assistance with and how many hours a week they would like to have a personal caregiver.
Home health care helps older adults live independently for as long as possible, even with an illness or injury. It covers a wide range of services and can often delay the need for long-term nursing home care.
Home health care may include occupational and physical therapy, speech therapy, and skilled nursing. It may involve helping older adults with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating. It can also include assistance with cooking, cleaning, other housekeeping, and monitoring one’s medication regimen.
It is important to understand the difference between home health care and home care services. Although home health care may include some home care services, it is medical in nature. Home care services include chores and housecleaning, whereas home health care usually involves helping someone to recover from an illness or injury.
Home health care professionals are often licensed practical nurses, therapists, or home health aides. Most of them work for home health agencies, hospitals, or public health departments licensed in Florida.
Hospice typically handles individuals that are traveling through the last part of life - managing pain, spiritual needs, emotional needs, chronic illness and symptoms. They are prepared to assist you and your family with almost every question and needed support. Their goals are to respect your personal choices and maintain the highest level of respect and dignity, while you are comfortable and able to participate in meaningful activities throughout your final days.
A common misconception with Hospice is that you must wait until you are in the final days, but that is not true. There are several options for providers you can call to gather more information about Hospice, but it’s typically about one year out, and you can start to establish a relationship with the provider you choose.
In our experience, the people that work for the Hospice organizations in Florida have beautiful, wonderful hearts and they are an exceptional support system.