Caring for a loved one is a rewarding experience, but can be emotionally and physically draining as well. Whether the patient is elderly, disabled, or recuperating from major surgery, caregivers are generally needed around the clock. It’s important for caregivers to have an occasional break from their responsibilities, in order to recharge and take care of themselves too.
For those who don’t have family or close friends in the area who can step in and relieve the caregiver for a few hours, days, or even a few weeks at a time, there are facilities who offer respite care services. Respite care is designed to relieve individuals and other family members who share responsibility for the care of loved ones who aren’t capable of taking care of themselves. Caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients are a great example of those needing occasional breaks; it’s nearly impossible to leave Alzheimer’s patients alone for even a minute, due to the risk that they may wander off and get lost or injured.
Newton Health Care Center, in Newton, Iowa, offers a Respite Care Program to relieve caregivers for a few hours a day or up to weeks at a time. A caregiver may need to travel occasionally for business, or may have their own medical issues that require downtime. They may just need an hour or two each day to run errands. Whatever the situation, NHCC can help.
Respite care offers many benefits. Caregivers can take a vacation to reduce stress and restore balance in their life. Patients benefit from having relaxed and refreshed caregivers, and during respite care they receive personalized attention and additional socialization with other people.
Newton Health Care Center’s Respite Care Program offers 24-hour nursing care, medication administration, daily meals and snacks, laundry services, and planned activities and other social services. For more information, please contact:
Newton Health Care Center
200 S. 8th Ave. East
Newton, IA 50208