nurse helping patientRespite care is an increasingly popular service for caregivers in central Ohio during the summer months. Because their children are out of school, families often plan a vacation during that time. In many instances, an older family member isn’t safe to travel with the rest of the family. When that occurs, respite care can offer a solution. It provides the older adult with the support they need and the family caregiver with the peace of mind to enjoy their trip.

Respite Care in an Assisted Living Community or Nursing Care Center

Respite care is available in most assisted living communities and nursing care centers. There are a few distinct differences between these two types of care that families should take into consideration when selecting a respite provider:

  1. Overview of Care: Respite care services in an assisted living typically include help with bathing, dressing, grooming, housekeeping and medication management. All meals are included. Some also offer laundry service. A nursing care center includes those services as well. It can be a good option for people who have more complex medical needs. Some older adults may even be bedridden and require 24-hour care.
  2. Life Enrichment Activities: When a loved one stays in an assisted living community on a short-term basis, they are able to enjoy all of the life enrichment activities and outings permanent residents participate in. At a nursing care center, a person-centered approach to activity is utilized.
  3. Menu: Both an assisted living community and a nursing care center have the ability to accommodate special diets. While both can usually make arrangements for a respite stay resident to have a pureed or soft mechanical diet, it is more common in a nursing care center.
  4. Costs & Payment: Most respite stays in a senior living setting are paid for with a family’s private funds. If a person qualifies for Medicaid, however, it can be used to pay for a respite stay in a Medicaid licensed nursing care center. A respite stay in an assisted living community can be significantly less expensive than a nursing care center.

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