Respite Care Services: How to Prepare

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Respite care can offer a much-needed break for primary caregivers, but caregivers often feel guilty. Here's how to prepare yourself and your loved one for a positive respite care experience.

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Respite Care Services: How to Prepare

  1. 1. Respite Care Services How to Prepare
  2. 2. Eliminating the Guilt <ul><li>One of the most powerful, stressful caregiving emotions </li></ul><ul><li>Using respite care services is a self-less act </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss with family </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ease Your Conscience <ul><li>Make impromptu on-site visits to adult or senior daycare centers </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange to have the senior spend time at a center, with someone in the home to see how they acclimate </li></ul><ul><li>Find out about emergency procedures </li></ul>
  4. 4. Preparing Your Loved One for Respite Care Services <ul><li>Seniors – particularly those with Alzheimer’s/dementia, do not respond well to change </li></ul><ul><li>Call the center or provider a “home helper” or “new friend” </li></ul><ul><li>Share something about themselves with caregiver </li></ul><ul><li>Gain trust, forge a bond </li></ul>
  5. 5. Preparing the Respite Services Provider <ul><li>Relationship building takes time </li></ul><ul><li>Provide basic history </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Health/medical conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medications list/allergies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personality traits, habits, routine activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Likes/dislikes, especially food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interests and hobbies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level of functionality, cognition and portability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to communicate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family and employment history </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. “ Personal Facts and Insights” <ul><li>Alzheimer’s Association offers a helpful, free form </li></ul><ul><li>“Personal Facts and Insights” </li></ul><ul><li>Use to gather personal info to share with new caregivers </li></ul>
  7. 7. SeniorHomes.com <ul><li>SeniorHomes.com is a resource for seniors and families searching for housing and care services </li></ul><ul><li>Visit http://www.seniorhomes.com for more information on senior housing </li></ul><ul><li>Information in this presentation provided by Home Care Expert Mary S. Yamin-Garone </li></ul>

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