A respite worker is hired to come to the home of a loved one while the primary caregiver takes a break from caring for the individual. The respite worker typically works for an agency and has been recruited, screened, and trained to accomplish the tasks needed the by caregiver to be done while the caregiver is away.
It is usually less disruptive to the individual in need of care when the respite worker is able to come into the home instead of the individual who needs care having to go to an outside facility for care.
The caregiver may however incur additional stress if the caregiver is worried about reliability and trustworthiness of the respite care worker. This is why it is so important to do proper interviewing and reference checking before hiring a respite care worker.
Using respite centers, adult day care centers, residential facilities, or adult day camps are often a better alternative because the facility will need to follow guidelines for respite care that assures the caregiver that the loved one will receive quality care that the caregiver can trust.
When In Home is Best
The in-home respite care option is clearly the better one when the loved one has difficulty with mobility, is severely ill, or where leaving the home would be emotionally or mentally disruptive. When the individual is cared for at home the individual is more comfortable with their surroundings and will be less stressed.
There are many options for respite workers when the care is to be done in-home. Other family members can care for the individual, or a neighbor, or friend who is already known to the individual. The individual will be more comfortable with family members, friends, neighbors or those from the church, caring for them.
Occasionally the person receiving care may be opposed to respite care if they do not trust strangers or are afraid to have strangers in their home. Having family members or friends come over to do informal care in the home is often the answer for these situations.
Barriers to in-home respite care: some barriers do exist for in-home respite care including unfamiliarity of the caregiver with the existence of respite services, quilt or anxiety on the part of the caregiver to have anyone else care for their loved one, cultural restraints due to family independence views.
In-home respite care is of benefit to both the caregiver and the loved one because being able to take a break relieves tension in the home.