Our neighbor and caregiver suggested respite care so that we can go on vacation. Our caregiver is with mom 4 hours a day, but we'll need 24/7 care for mom in order to go on vacation or long weekend. How do you know where to look for respite care that is reputable?
Here is what I keep on hand for my husband who is still at home.
It is cheaper and also tests for dehydration, blood in urine and other issues.
If you don't feel good about it, don't ask someone you don't know. It's going to mess up your vacation; hence use a respite service.
Then you can kick back and actually enjoy the vacation without all this on your mind.
I placed my Husband in a local Memory Care facility for Respite.
He had been going there for Day Care a few days a week so they knew him and he knew the area he would be in.
I was worried.
I was worried that by the time I got back that he would be so "institutionalized" that I would not be able to bring him home...
I was worried that if something happened I would not be able to get to him fast.....
I was worried that they would not care for him the way I did (of course they couldn't)...
I spent a lot of time with needless worry....
Just make sure they have a contact that can make medical decisions for you.
Make sure that they contact the person you designate. The person you designate can make the decision to contact you if it is urgent. Allow yourself to relax.
If you chose to use a local Memory Care or AL contact them with enough time there may be several medical forms you have to fill out. generally one if them is a TB skin test or Blood test that may take some time to get done, some areas if a skin test is done they require a 2 stage test.
And mom s doctor may have forms to fill out as well.