The Benefits of Respite Care

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What is Respite Care?

Respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers giving them a break and some downtime from their responsibilities. A respite stay is usually arranged for several hours, days, or weeks. Care can be provided at home by caregivers from agencies or family and friends, in a skilled-care (nursing home) setting, or in a long-term residential care facility (assisted living or board and care home). Many assisted living facilities dedicate rooms solely for people in need of a short-term stay. Families usually pay for care out-of-pocket. Traditional Medicare, as well as most insurance plans, do not cover the cost. However, Medicare will cover care up to 5 days in a row for a patient enrolled in hospice. In addition, some Medicare Advantage plans may also provide coverage for respite care.


When to Use Respite Care

  • Caregivers need a break to renew and recharge themselves both physically and mentally from providing continual care for someone else;
  • Regular caregivers are going on vacation and need to find a temporary care solution;
  • A patient is discharged from a hospital and needs a higher level of care than a family caregiver can provide. For example, after a surgery for a leg or foot fracture patients often need to be non-weight bearing for several weeks or months. These patients need transfer assistance for all their daily care needs such as dressing, bathing, and toileting.
  • Research shows that even a few hours of respite a week can improve a caregiver’s well-being.


How to Find the Right Care

If you need respite care for a shorter time period–such as a few hours or one day a week–hiring a caregiver from an in-home care agency is a good option. Prices range from $25 – $35 per hour. For longer term respite stays, consider a stay in a senior residential care facility. Most facilities offer respite care with a minimum stay requirement between one week and one month. Depending on your area, the average daily charge for respite care varies but can range between $80 to $170 a day.

Some facilities do not offer respite care. The entry requirements, including a negative Covid test, negative TB test, medical paperwork, and administrative and set-up time is the same as it is for long-term enrollments making shorter stays not cost effective for the facility. If you are in need of respite care call our office and we can help you find the best placement for your situation, whether its locating an assistant living facility and coordinating all the necessary medical paperwork or referring you to several in-home care agencies in our area.



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