When it comes to providing care for a loved one, there are many different options to choose from. One such option is respite care versus supported living. Both of these provide different levels of care, but what exactly is the difference between the two? In this blog post, we will explore the key differences between respite care and supported living, and provide insights into which may be best for you and your family.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care is a short-term care option that is designed to provide relief for a family member or caretaker. It is often used when a family member needs care for a short period of time, such as when a primary caregiver is going on vacation, on a date night, or getting time out of the house to recharge. Respite care can be provided in a variety of settings, including in-home, in a nursing home, or in a daycare center. In most cases, respite care is provided by a professional caregiver, but it can also be provided by a family member or friend. At giv.care caregivers are typically hired family members and friends, and provide care in the home for the individual.
Respite care is designed to provide relief and support to primary caregivers and family members while allowing the person being cared for to remain in their own home or another familiar environment. In addition, respite care can provide opportunities for the person receiving care to engage in activities and socialize with others. The length of respite care can range from a few hours to several days.
What is Supported Living?
Supported living, on the other hand, is a long-term care option that is designed to provide ongoing assistance and support to individuals who require a higher level of care than what is provided through respite care. Supported living can be provided in a variety of settings, including in-home, in a nursing home, in an adult daycare center, or in a residential setting. The level of care provided can vary greatly, depending on the individual’s needs. In some cases, supported living may include round-the-clock care and assistance with activities of daily living, while in other cases it may involve more limited support.
The Difference between Respite Care Versus Supported Living:
The primary difference between respite care and supported living is the length of time that care is provided. Respite care is typically provided for a short period of time, while supported living is designed to provide ongoing assistance and support. Additionally, the amount and type of care provided can vary greatly depending on the individual’s needs. It is important to carefully consider the needs of the individual and family when deciding which code you will bill.
Respite Care Versus Supported Living with Caregiver Compensation:
At giv.care, a lot of families are utilizing caregiver compensation where the legal guardian is being paid for the primary care and support of the individual with a disability. In cases like this, it is appropriate for the guardian to only ever bill the supported living code, and then bill the respite code when you have another member of your caregiving team come and give you relief as the primary caregiver while you go on a date, vacation, etc… You can also have your other caregivers bill supported living as well, but as the legal guardian you should only bill supported living and no respite. The respite code is to give you the respite and relief you need!