The Choice is Yours: Choosing a Respite Care Provider

By Tia Sauceda, Seniors’ Resource Center ~

If you’re a family caregiver, you know that providing support for your loved one can feel like a full-time job. Finding a balance between caretaking and other responsibilities can be overwhelming, but with a Respite Provider, your loved one receives the care they need while giving you time to rest and recharge.

Respite settings range from adult day programs, in-home care, and nights and weekends support and are provided by professional care or community agencies, faith-based organizations or private caretakers. Every family’s situation is unique so asking lots of questions is important, such as:

    • Are your caretakers insured, bonded or certified?
  • Will there be a care plan in place?
  • What tasks are included (bathing, meal prep, medication assistance, transfers, etc.)?
  • What happens if my caretaker is sick?
  • What kinds of payment do you accept (Medicaid, Medicare, VA, long-term care insurance, respite grant funding, private insurance, private pay)?

Using a respite provider can help protect the relationship you have with the person you’re caring for; allowing you to “just” be their son, daughter, husband or wife. Sometimes when you are so focused providing care, it’s easy to lose sight of being a family. However, with someone else involved in the day-to-day, such as providing personal care, helping around the house or providing a day out for the person you’re caring for, it allows you to focus on your role within the family.

Additional resources listed below will aid in a provider search and answer many commonly asked questions.

Navigating Respite Care in Colorado
https://www.coloradorespitecoalition.org

Area Agency on Aging- Aging and Disability Resources
http://denverregion.co.networkofcare.org/aging

Aging Well Jefferson County Resources
https://www.jeffco.us/2694/Aging-Well-Resources

How to Choose and Adult Day Program
https://www.nadsa.org/consumers/choosing-a-center

Aging Well in Jefferson County is a strategic planning project focused on developing and implementing strategies to create inclusive, livable communities through sustainable partnerships and integrated services. The Caregiving & Supports Workgroup is one of six Workgroups addressing all aspects of life of aging residents in Jefferson County. For more information, please email us at AgingWell@jeffco.us.


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