Defining Respite Care

Respite care is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.

Respite programs provide planned short-term and time-limited breaks for families and other unpaid care givers of children with a developmental delay and adults with an intellectual disability in order to support and maintain the primary care giving relationship. Respite also provides a positive experience for the person receiving care. The term “short break” is used in some countries to describe respite care.

Respite care is different than sub acute care in that it is designed not only with the patient in mind, but also with the family member in mind. The fact is family members in many instances get worn down by the constant need to provide care for their loved one. Under the strain and duress of the constant cycle of care, they require ‘respite’ from time to time to allow themselves to recharge so that they can continue to provide care at an optimum level.

At the Regency Nursing & Rehabilitation centers in New Jersey, we provide a stellar respite care program to benefit both the patient and their family. The patient is looked after with care and compassion, allowing  the family to rest assured while they recover from the physical and emotional strain of providing full time care for their loved one.

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