Respite Care: Its Importance and Benefits

by | Apr 29, 2019 | Respite Care | 0 comments

Respite Care: Its Importance and Benefits

Respite care is often misunderstood and there are a lot of negative misconceptions that surround it. Many people associate with being lazy, selfish, or unnecessary. For those who don’t really understand it, it is an extremely undervalued service; on the other hand, those who do understand and use it find that it is something very important for their health – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Many people ask, “Why is respite care important?” To better understand respite care and its benefits, Nest & Care, a provider of home care services in Silver Spring, Maryland, will first define it.

What is respite care?

Respite care is a type of service that supports family caregivers by providing temporary care for an individual who requires assistance. It relieves the family caregiver from their duties so that they can rest, recharge, and take care of other duties outside of caregiving. Respite care can be anything from an hour to a few weeks. It can be provided on a one-time occasion or on a regular basis.

Why is it important?

Caregiving is a very rewarding job; however, it can be exhausting too. It can be stressful and overwhelming, and it can result in caregiver burnout – a state of complete physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. This is where respite care can help. It provides family caregivers with the opportunity to take a break while having the peace of mind that their loved ones will be in good hands. As a reputable provider of home health care in Rockville, Maryland, you can rely on us to take care of your loved one as if they were our own.

Benefits of Respite Care

Respite care doesn’t just benefit the caregiver – it can benefit the patient too! Here are some of its benefits:

For the Caregiver

  • Allows caregivers to rest and rejuvenate
  • Restores the caregiver’s energy
  • Reduces the stress that comes with caregiving
  • Reduces the risk of caregiver isolation
  • Improves the caregiver’s patience
  • Prevents costly out-of-home arrangements
  • Provides opportunities for vacations, social outings, etc.

For the Patient

  • Allows patients to meet and socialize with other people
  • Reduces feelings of social isolation
  • Ensures the patient will not be neglected, even if their primary caregiver isn’t present
  • In-home respite care allows patients to remain at home, even if their primary caregiver isn’t there

Respite care is a vital part of any care plan. Don’t wait until you are on the verge of caregiver burnout. Make arrangements as early as possible so that you can enjoy your time with your loved one instead of feeling aggrieved about it.

Nest & Care is a dedicated in home care in Montgomery County, Md. We provide services in Rockville, Bethesda, Silver Spring, and its neighboring communities. If you’re looking for a dedicated and professional caregiver who can help a loved one for their daily needs, Nest & Care can help.

We carefully match each client with the best caregiver and formulate an individualized plan that best suits the family’s needs and goals. Excellent services for our clients and families is of paramount importance to us. Call us today for your free in-home assessment by a Nest & Care Registered Nurse.

Katharina Villanueva

Katharina Villanueva

RN, BSN, CCRN-K, SCRN, CNRN, DN, CDP

Kat is the founder of Nest & Care LLC, a Private Duty In-Home Care agency providing companion care, personal care, and skilled nursing services to families in and around Montgomery County and Howard County, MD.

For the past 15 years, she has devoted her nursing career to caring for patients with Neurologic or Neurosurgical conditions in the acute, subacute and chronic phases. She worked at Keck Medical Center of USC in Los Angeles, California before moving to Maryland where she exclusively worked with patients with stroke as a stroke program coordinator at Providence Hospital.

She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines in 1998. Kat is married to Mikael, a pediatric surgeon. They have 3 boys and 3 dogs.