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Respite care is an essential part of the overall maintenance of families caring for a member with a disability. The word “respite” means to take a break from the daily hurdles of caring for a child, friend or a parent with special needs. It can be planned for a few hours or for as long as a weekend. Respite can take place regularly or sporadically, as needed.

Respite care typically comes into play with people with a disability, the terminally ill or the elderly. These people often need round-the-clock care and supervision and long-term, constant care. Respite care gives family members a break from the stressful task of continuous care of a loved one. Meals, medication management, housekeeping and personal hygiene care, among other services, are provided. Some respite care providers might take patients for outings and to activities away from the residence.

A family member may be reluctant to use respite care to leave a loved one in the care of another; however, there is evidence that caregivers who take a break from the associated stresses can help prevent incidents of neglect or abuse. In some cases, a caregiver may face an emergency and won’t be able to attend. Respite care can usually be provided at all times, so if you are faced with an emergency situation, respite care can provide a safety net for you and your loved one.

If you’re considering respite care, contact HILA for more information or visit us to see for yourself. Think about doing a trial with HILA in advance, so if you’re ever in need of emergency care, you’ll have a place to rely on.

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