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What Indiana Caregivers Should Know about Respite Care

November 23, 2015

What Indiana Caregivers Should Know about Respite Care

As we head in to the busy holiday season, we thought it would be a good time to share information about respite care with Indiana family caregivers. This is the time of year when already weary caregivers feel even more overwhelmed.

Many health care professionals encourage their patients who are caregivers to routinely use respite services. Scheduling a break from the mental and physical demands of caregiving can allow you the time you need to care for your own health.

Respite Services for Indiana Seniors

There are many types of respite care. Some family caregivers are fortunate enough to have an informal network of friends and loved ones who are willing to pitch in. Accepting their offer to help can give you time out to refresh and renew.

If you don’t have that type of support system, don’t overlook community resources such as volunteers from your church or from a local senior organization. These volunteers can come and sit with your loved one for a few hours to allow you time to run errands or have lunch with friends.

When you will be away for more than a day or two, respite care in an Indiana assisted living community might be the most practical option. Your senior will be safe and well cared for by professional caregivers.

4 Tips for Selecting Respite Care Provider in Indiana

There are a few things to keep in mind as you search for a respite provider for your senior loved one.

  1. Visit in person. Make time to visit and tour each assisted living community you are considering. While word of mouth from friends, family and health care professionals is important, nothing replaces an in-person visit. The same holds true for home care agencies. Meet the caregiver in-person and don’t rely on just a phone call.
  2. Ask for references. No matter what type of respite care service you choose, make sure you ask for and check references. That will give you the opportunity to speak with other families about how respite care helps support their caregiving efforts.
  3. Perform a background check. If you opt to go with a respite caregiver on your own, make sure you complete a background check on them. The methods of doing so vary from one city to another, but a call to your local police department’s non-emergency phone number can help you determine how to perform one in your area. If you chose an assisted living community for respite, ask how their caregivers are screened when you visit.
  4. Get costs in writing. As is true before you engage any type of service, make sure you obtain a detailed list of how much respite care will cost. It’s the best way to make sure everyone is on the same page with regard to services and expenses.

We hope these tips help you find a respite care provider that best meets your needs. If you haven’t had time to get to explore respite care options in Indiana, the holidays might be the good time to learn more and give it a try!