Respite Care Services

Respite means Relief.

Caregiver stress can lead to physical and emotional distress that can interfere with your ability to provide care.

Respite care is temporary relief care designed for families of adults with special needs during their terminal illness. Respite care can range from a few hours of care provided on a one-time basis to overnight or extended care sessions. However, respite care is limited to 5 consecutive days under the medicare benefit.

Respite care can be utilized on a regular or irregular basis and can be provided by family members, friends, skilled care providers or professionals.

Respite care is designed to help families. Caretakers of adults with a terminal illness often face serious problems and stress as a result of balancing the demands of caregiving and the demands of every day life.

These breaks, that respite care provides, allow families time to tend to the needs of their children, spouses, and themselves.

St. Luke Missionary Hospice’s respite care services can allow you the freedom to take a much-needed break from your caretaking responsibilities on occasion. As a responsible caregiver, you should embrace respite care as an opportunity to recharge, refresh and renew your caretaking spirit, energy and enthusiasm.

Respite care offers family caregivers a chance to step back and take a break from the caregiving situation.

There will be days that test your limits as a family caregiver. When you have children, you care for them. When you have aging parents or relatives, you care for them. As a member of the “Sandwich Generation,” you are sandwiched between two caretaking roles — caring for your child and your aging parents. Both roles are very different, yet equally important and time consuming.

It’s hard to think of your own needs at a time when others need you. You might feel guilty — as if you are neglecting your loved ones — but this cannot be farther from the truth. Respite care offers family caregivers relief from caregiving, allowing them to recharge and reset emotionally as well as physically to avoid caregiver burnout.

Remember, respite care is not about abandoning or “passing off” your family caregiving roles. It’s about finding the right balance for your family and your peace of mind. You put so much time and energy into caring for your loved ones; you deserve to care for yourself a little bit, too.