Caregiving is a labor of love; it is also very demanding work. It's easy for caregivers to overlook their own needs when trying to cope with someone else's needs. But it's important for them to take some time to recharge. Respite care services can make this possible, and come in a variety of forms: companions who come to the home; adult day centers; and facilities where an individual may stay overnight, or spend a weekend. Depending on the service, they enable primary caregivers to have some time to themselves, take a trip or vacation, or work at a job outside the home.
Adult day service centers are non-residential facilities that provide a protective environment, personal care and recreational activities to persons who cannot remain safely at home or who are isolated at home alone. Adult day services are often critical in allowing older adults to remain at home and avoid nursing home placement. Licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, adult day services benefit older adults by reducing isolation and providing a setting for stimulating activities. At the same time, caretakers are able to work at a job outside the home, or simply take a break from the demands of caregiving, knowing that their loved one is in good hands. Learn more
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Some individuals may not be comfortable in a facility outside their own home. There are both facility-based services and in-home care providers to meet your needs for services after hours or overnight which are not available through an adult day service.
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