I have to put my hubby into "respite" care for about 6 weeks until I return to the states to take care of some vital business including my passport renewal. He has Parkinson's Lew Body Dementia and cannot be left alone. While his dementia is moderate (aware of things going on around him), I'm wondering what I can expect upon my return as to his behavior. I'm mostly concerned about how he might be affected mentally being moved from home to care and then back home again. To complicate matters, our UK home is up for sale and with any luck will sell within the next six months (a rather larger expensive home), and he will eventually be required to leave his familiar surroundings within that time period.
My thought was two-fold - "respite" would be a good way to introduce him to a new living environment, and the gradual introduction to "respite" during the six week period would serve as a precursor to what will eventually take place with his care.
I have been his primary caregiver for two years because he has not been tolerant to people coming in to give him care. He is a modest and very private person and presents with no real disruptive behavior, but he is very much stubborn and like I said, very aware of what's going on around him even if he doesn't remember what happened for two days ago.
He is very much ambulatory and physically able to do things on his own with prompting, but because his Parkinson's cognition issues exist, there is the possibility of his being moved from one environment to another will cause him real disorientation which might tend to promote a decline in his mental health.
While I welcome all comments, I would really like to hear from those of you who have used "respite" care to get some idea of what your experience has been once your loved one has returned home.