In Denver, respite care is a short-term (generally less than a month) stay in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, in which a senior receives day-to-day care at a daily rate. Respite care can also be provided in the home by home health agencies.
When is respite care needed? – Respite care is as much for the caregiver as for the senior receiving care. Respite stays can give family members or friends a much-needed and well-deserved break from the demanding task of caring for a loved one. Respite stays are also a good resource for primary caregivers who need or want to travel, giving you the assurance that your loved one’s needs will be taken care of while you are away. Finally, respite care can be a way of evaluating an assisted living or skilled nursing community prior to actual placement.
What kind of provider is best for respite care? – This depends on the condition and needs of your loved one. Does he or she need a secured facility for dementia? Look into memory care. Does he or she simply need assistance with daily tasks, such as taking medications and self-cares? Assisted living will likely be a good option. Does your loved one need round-the-clock nursing coverage? Seek out a skilled nursing facility like Aspen Siesta. In any case, the best first step is to visit the different facilities to get a feel for the care and environment that is provided. How is the smell? Is it clean? Are the residents happy? What are the staffing ratios? How will your loved one’s specific needs be met? These are all important questions to consider to ensure that your loved one is well taken care of so you can experience peace of mind and rest during the stay.
As always, if you are in the Denver metro area, we would be happy to answer your questions about respite stays, whether at Aspen Siesta or elsewhere. Feel free to give us a call at (303) 757-1209.