1. What is Respite care?
Respite Care provides a planned program that includes a variety of health, social and support services in a protective setting during daytime hours. This is referred to as a “community-based service” and is designed to meet the individual needs of elderly residents.
2. Who Uses Respite Care?
Many caregivers who work outside the home are unable to stay home to care for loved ones. In addition, caregivers who do not work outside the home may wish a break from care giving to run errands, socialize, or simply to rest.
Family members must do some research to determine which Care Centre is right for their loved ones. The components of a quality adult day care program should include the following:
• Conducts an individual needs assessment before admission to determine the person’s range of abilities and needs;
• Provides an active program that meets the daily social, recreational, and rehabilitative needs of the person in care;
• Develops an individualized treatment plan for participants and monitors it regularly, adjusting the plan as necessary;
• Provides referrals to other needed community services;
• Has clear criteria for service and guidelines for termination based on the functional status of the person in care;
• Provides a full range of in-house services, which may include personal care, transportation, meals, health screening and monitoring, educational programs, counselling, and rehabilitative services;
• Provides a safe, secure environment;
• Adheres to or exceeds existing national standards and guidelines
5. Questions to ask about choosing the right respite care/Adult Day Centre facility?
Is the facility cheerful?
Is the staff friendly?
What services and activities do they offer?
What is the cost?
What is expected of caregivers?
Do they offer transportation door-to-door?
What are their hours of operation?
Is the facility clean and odour free?
Do volunteers help out?
Are participants involved in planning activities or making other suggestions?
Are the persons with Alzheimer’s disease treated with respect?
Is there a place to isolate sick persons?
Is the furniture comfortable, sturdy and suitable for the person with Alzheimer’s disease?
Is the facility wheelchair accessible?
What is the staff/participant ratio?
What are the credentials of the staff?
What are the hours of operation?
What days are they open?
Is there door-to-door transportation?
What is the menu?
6. When is it a good time to place your loved one into respite care?
Appears unable to provide him or her with any structure for daily activities.
Is isolated from others for more than a few hours a day and misses companionship.
Cannot be safely left alone at home.
Lives with someone who works outside the home or needs regular time away from home for other reasons.
7. What services do they offer for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias?
While many adult day care programs focus on people with dementia, many elderly people can benefit. Day care programs may provide:
Exercise and education
Physical and occupational therapy
8. What services do they offer for the families of those with dementia or Alzheimer’s?
Adult day care offers benefits to families as well as care recipients. For families, adult day care provides:
Assistance with care
Relief from care
Services at affordable prices