Learning that a loved one needs skilled nursing care can be an emotionally challenging time for the whole family. Decisions need to be made, and often they need to be made quickly.
The dictionary definition for the word “respite” is an “interval of relief.” It shares origins with the word “respect.” The American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) defines respite care as “services that provide caregivers with temporary relief from tasks associated with caregiving.”
When considering the best interests of the entire family, it’s important to ask if respite care is right for those family members who also serve as caretakers. While circumstances vary from family to family, here are some of the most common situations where respite care may be the best option.