Although in an ideal situation, families rely on themselves to provide in-home care for a loved one, it isn’t always a feasible or practical solution. Families frequently look to respite care as a solution to supplement or replace in-home family care for an elderly family member. On the fence about engaging a respite caregiver? Read on to understand the benefits and costs of respite care!
Benefit #1: Affordability
Sending an elderly family member, like a parent or grandparent to a nursing home, is not only emotionally taxing, but also financially expensive. The average costs for nursing homes are staggering! Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care Survey reports that the average cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home is $7,441, while a private room is $8,365.
Assisted-living communities can be extremely expensive as well. Genworth’s same report states that the average monthly cost in an assisted living facility is $4,000. Either way, nursing homes and assisted-living communities are often out of financial reach for a typical family. This is where respite comes into play! Because respite care is not full-time, it doesn’t come with the same financial burden that comes with nursing homes or assisted living communities.
Benefit #2: The Caregiver and the Care Receiver’s Health
Another benefit of respite care is that it improves the health of both the caregiver and the care receiver. Burnout is a real thing, and caregivers (especially family members) can experience it when constantly taking care of an elderly family member without pay. Hiring respite care can help relieve the burnout that family members feel, which will improve the stress levels and overall health of the caregiver.
On the other end of the spectrum, with respite care, the care receiver (the elderly family member) will receive improved care. Because respite workers are highly-qualified and trained individuals, they can provide the quality of care an elderly person needs to recover from an injury or improve their overall health.
Costs of Respite Care
Like we mentioned above, respite care can be a lot more affordable than nursing homes or assisted-living communities. The cost of respite however, greatly varies depending on the respite variation.
Home-Based Respite Care
The cost of home-based respite care depends on the hours of coverage and the extent of care needed. Typically, you can expect to pay $15-$40 an hour for intermittent help, or $120-$200 per day for live-in care.
Facility-Based Respite Care
Unlike home-based care, where the respite worker visits the elderly person in their home, there are nursing homes and assisted-living facilities that offer short-term respite care; this is referred to as facility-based respite care. The cost averages $100-$250 a day depending on the care needed.
Community-Based Respite Care
Adult day care, or adult day care services, provide a place for elderly family members to spend time and receive appropriate care to relieve the normal caregiver. Costs average between $25-$150 a day, with pricing usually dependent on income-level and insurance coverage. Additionally, there are community-based respite care centers that are specifically for lower-income families, veterans and members of specific churches.
Are you ready to bring respite care into your home? Give our respite-experts at RedBud a call today for any questions you may have, or to schedule a respite caregiver visit!