When a patient is at the end of life, caregivers dedicate their time, focus and energy to helping their loved one.
While your loved one’s needs are important, your own matter too. All too often, caregivers’ needs fall by the wayside as they struggle to balance the duties of care with the ongoing demands of everyday life.
Respite care is a hospice service that gives you a chance to take a short break to rest or catch up on other obligations.
How Respite Care Works
Respite care is one of the four levels of hospice care covered by Medicare. During respite care, your loved one is transferred for up to 5 days into an inpatient facility. This gives you that period of time to take a breather.
Who Qualifies for Respite Care?
Respite care is available to the patient’s caregivers, who may include family and friends. During your consult, we can tell you whether respite care is something you will be able to take advantage of.
How You Can Use Respite Care
What you do with respite care is entirely up to you. Here are some common ways that caregivers use their respite time:
- Catch up on household chores and obligations.
- Attend important life events, like graduations.
- Take a necessary trip (for example, traveling out of town for work).
- Relax and decompress to prevent caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue.
Rest and Recharge with Respite Care in California
As a caregiver, it is all too easy to overextend yourself while you support your loved one. Whether you have things you need to catch up on or you just need a few days to yourself, we can make it happen with respite care. Please give us a call today at (818) 748-3427 to schedule your consultation.