Limitations of Respite Care
Lack of Consistency
– Many people report disappointment and frustration with PCA’s or caregivers from home care agencies due to the lack of consistency and frequent changes in caregivers. This can add to a family’s stress and cause additional anxiety and mistrust for the person receiving the assistance and the family who is trying to coordinate and benefit from Respite Care. The family and the patient often do not have the opportunity to build trusting relationships with the caregivers. The lack of continuity of the caregiver often puts more stress on the family caregiver by having to reeducate each new person.
– Another, maybe more limiting factor is the cost of home care. Personal care agencies cost $2,400-$3,000 per month for only four hours of assistance a day. They charge $20 to $25 dollars per hour and most have a four hour minimum which equals $80 -$100 per day. The cost for 8 hrs. a day, 7 days a week is $6,000 per month. The idea of in home care sounds good, but for most of us, caring for loved ones at home is a short term solution and has a huge financial and emotional cost.