Respite Care: How to Take a Break When Caring for a Loved One

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Caring for a loved one can be exhausting, both mentally and physically. You may feel like you never get a break, and eventually, you will reach your breaking point. That’s where respite care comes in. Respite care is a temporary relief for caregivers, and it can be a lifesaver. In this guide, we will discuss what respite care is, how to find it, and what to do when you’re on hiatus.

Providing Relief For The Caregiver

The responsibility of caring for an elderly parent or grandparent may frequently be relegated to a single person. In such circumstances, the strain, cost, and time demands might become overwhelming, which can lead to greater health issues for the caregiver since he or she is simultaneously handling both the practical and emotional sides of care.

When caring for an older person who is mentally or physically disabled, when the caregiver is unprepared for the job, or when financial resources are insufficient, it can be even more difficult and stressful.

It is frequently necessary for primary caregivers to obtain services from local community organizations or volunteer groups, as well as private or government agencies, in order to supplement their efforts. Such assistance may be free or costly, depending on the provider.

Respite Care

Respite care centers assist people who are caring for someone who is ill, hurt, or disabled. The services, which might be provided in an adult day care center, the home of the patient, or even a residential setting such as an assisted living facility or nursing home, give caregivers some time off to rest and attend to personal matters.

Caregiver Support Groups

Caregiver and community support groups offer emotional support and information-sharing for caregivers. They can be either community support groups or online support groups. Often, these groups offer the opportunity for caregivers who live near each other to meet and interact. They share experiences and information about local resources and challenges, as well as interact socially and form friendships.

How To Pay For Respite Care At A Fraction Of The Cost

long-term care annuity is a hybrid annuity that is set up to assist in paying for respite care without causing retirement funds to be depleted. To create a tax-free long-Term Care Insurance benefit, an LTC annuity doubles (200%) or triples (300%) the investment (based on medical records). If there is money in the annuity, it passes along a death benefit to beneficiaries.

If you don’t have a lump sum of money lying around, another great option is a long-term care life insurance policy (LTCi). In simple terms, these policies are designed specifically for long-term care and allow the insured to access the life insurance’s death benefit while alive to pay for LTC costs. Applicants can pay a fixed premium monthly or annually instead of a one-time deposit.

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

I’m a licensed financial professional focusing on annuities and insurance for more than a decade. My former role was training financial advisors, including for a Fortune Global 500 insurance company. I’ve been featured in Time Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, and Women’s Health Magazine.

The Annuity Expert is an online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. My goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning or find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates for you. 

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