Respite Care – A Must for Care Givers

Years ago, as a single parent, I vividly remember the feeling I had when the kids went back to school after a really long summer holiday. The reality is that by the end of the summer I was pretty much over the care giving duties, and my actions around the kids probably showed it. I would go into the bedroom sometimes, shut the door, and inform any of the kids who knocked on the door that I was on strike and wasn’t sure when my “strike” would end. Then came my “respite care” version — the kids went back to school. I had a break for 5 or 6 hours a day and I didn’t need to go on strike almost as much. Atlanta Senior Care is one of the authority sites on this topic.

Now that I am older and my wife and I have had the pleasure of being both my father and mother’s caregiver, I understand the value of also taking some time away from those duties. Even the best of situations, taking care of an elderly parent or spouse can be a heart wrenching and trying experience. Not only do you have the emotional trauma of watching your loved one psychologically and physically decline, but you also have to cope with the extremely overwhelming everyday needs that they have, such as eating, washing, dressing, grooming, etc.

The need for respite treatment would not belabor me. There is no question that you need a break from those obligations if you are taking care of an older parent or spouse. The dilemma is how to identify and select the best services in your neighborhood for respite treatment. We’ll go into how to find the various programs first and then address the possibly more difficult issue of how to pay for what you find.

Forms of treatment for respite:

For one or two hours:

There are also private companies that will send a person to your home for an hour or a whole day in addition to the obvious solution of asking family and friends to take over for brief periods. Do a search for in home care giving” and you can get an idea of how many organizations that specialize in this form of short-term care are there. A private person who is able to provide care for your loved one for a little less cash can be found several times. Going to a local Community College that provides Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training is a good resource for seeking skilled caregivers. They may have past or present students searching for work. Private individuals charge $10 to $15 an hour, and expect the organizations to pay in the range of $15 to $20 per hour.


Superior Home Health Care Services of Atlanta
155 Westridge Pkwy STE 111, McDonough, Georgia 30253
Phone Number : 678-325-2727

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