Loneliness is emotionally draining. Research has shown that social isolation can lead to negative feelings such as low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. The unfortunate reality is that these side effects are magnified for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Luckily, respite care exists to provide a sense of comfort and community for people who need it most.
Respite care is temporary care for an individual, providing relief for their primary caregiver. Combining social development, community integration, and overall support, respite can be an incredible resource for people who struggle with the effects of loneliness or isolation.
The benefits of respite care are immeasurable—for individuals, their families, and the community. Keep reading to learn about how respite care can be a life-changing experience for adults with disabilities.
4 Benefits of Respite Care for Adults with Disabilities
1. Community and Connection
Loneliness is a result of social disconnect. The best way to mend this disconnect is to be surrounded by like-minded people.
While at a respite house, adults with disabilities are able to connect with their peers through activities and social interactions. Being among others will give individuals a sense of community and belonging. Respite provides a safe space to foster relationships based on common goals and interests!
2. Change of Pace
Surrounded by new people, places, and activities, adults in respite care get the chance to break from their everyday schedule and get out of their comfort zone. For some, this may be their first experience of functioning away from their primary caregiver. Respite care not only provides participants with a change of pace, but also an opportunity to gain a greater level of independence.
3. Custom Care
The safety and well-being of respite participants is of the utmost importance. While respite care can be a fun outing for your loved one, it is also essential for each and every individual to be provided with personal care, medication assistance, and behavior management. At Covey, we pride ourselves on custom care—knowing each client’s likes and dislikes, their comfort levels, and what makes them excited to come back and see us time and time again.
With an inclusive and inviting atmosphere, we encourage our participants to be interactive. Our staff of highly trained and compassionate professionals are here to ensure that both our participants and their families feel supported.
4. Caregiver Recharge
Caring for a loved one is more than a full-time job. It’s your life. Respite care gives caregivers a much-needed break. When given this time to recharge, caregivers can renew their ability to nurture. This benefits the individual with disabilities, because it allows their caregiver to fulfill their responsibilities with a renewed sense of vigor. Thanks to respite care, family caregivers can revel in peace of mind that their loved one is in good hands.
Check out our website to learn more about our respite care, as well as other programs and services that help us to combat loneliness among our participants. We can’t wait to meet you!