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Respite Care Provides a Needed Break in Jacksonville

It goes without saying that providing round the clock care for loved ones is a tireless and sometimes thankless job. Many families take great joy in providing assisted living care to their loved ones in their own home. However, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without regular outside support, such as respite care.

Simply put, respite care provides assisted living caregivers with short-term breaks that can relieve stress, restore energy, promote a balanced life or simply take a much needed break or vacation. In the comfort of your own home, Respite Care providers’ deliver professional short-term, temporary relief for those who are providing care for loved ones who might otherwise require permanent or long-term placement in an assisted living care facility.

These respite breaks have actually proven to be beneficial to the health of everyone involved. Respite care has been shown to help sustain the health, wellbeing and mental attitude of family caregivers thereby avoiding or delaying out of home placements, also reducing the likelihood of abuse and neglect.

Listed below are the three main types of respite care. If you are unsure which one is right for you, consulting with you doctor can help provide peace of mind in your decision.

Jacksonville Respite Care, Assisted Living Provides a Much Needed BreakIn-Home Respite Care

In-home care is the most popular for obvious reasons.  A licensed, insured and bonded home care agency can provide a temporary respite caregiver.  The caregiver will learn the family’s routine, daily medication schedule, where medicine and medical equipment are stored, we well as many other important care requirements of the recipient.  In-home respite care will allow the loved one to remain in the comfort of their home while providing a much needed break for the family.

Respite Facility for Assisted Living

Professional Care Facilities are often a good choice. Most assisted living facilities provide experienced Respite Care where the care receiver may stay for a few days or even a few weeks. The advantage of this type of care is that the specialized facility will have a professional, skilled staff on hand 24 hours a day and will probably have better access to emergency facilities and other professional assistance if needed.

Emergency Respite Care

There may be the need for respite care on an emergency basis. When using “planned” emergency care, the caregiver has already identified a provider or a facility to call in case there is an emergency. It may be a good idea for caregivers to identify an emergency care facility, just in case the need arises. Many homecare agencies, adult day care, health centers, and residential care facilities provide emergency respite care.


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