What Is Respite Care?

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Are you looking for some support while you recover from surgery or an injury? Or do you just want to get out of the cold and spend some time in the Florida sun? Respite care could be exactly what you need. But what is respite care?

What Is Respite Care?

Did you know that more than one in five adults in the United States provide care to a senior friend or family member? If you’re a senior that relies on these caretakers, you might be wondering if there’s a way you can give them a break. Or you might be going into a temporary situation where you need more help than usual, such as surgery recovery. Where will that extra help come from?

Some seniors in these situations choose to make the transition to assisted living, but that might not be what you’re looking for. What can you do if you want to give someone a break, but you don’t want to fully disrupt your life? Believe it or not, there actually is a way you can give yourself and your loved ones a much-deserved vacation. It’s called respite care.

Respite Care Gives Everyone the Break They Need

Respite care refers to a type of assistance that allows the primary caregiver to be able to take a temporary break from their duties while ensuring all of a senior loved one’s needs are still being met. This can sometimes include hiring a home health care worker or another aide, but it most typically involves arranging for a temporary stay at an assisted living community. These stays can range anywhere from two weeks to 30 days, depending on the needs of the senior. There are a lot of benefits for seniors and their caretakers who arrange for respite care at a place like Beach House:

  • Many seniors will arrange to spend a couple weeks or even a whole month in respite care for surgery recovery, occupational therapy, or other health issues that require more support than day-to-day caretaking.
  • Seasonal respite care is also a popular option. After all, one of the things we love about Beach House is that we’re located in Florida, where you can enjoy the sun and sand all year long. If you’re tired of shoveling snow, why not spend a winter with us instead?
  • Maybe the idea of entering assisted living makes you nervous, or maybe you just want to give it a try to see if it’s a good fit for you. Respite care can give you a realistic look at assisted living, and show you the benefits without requiring a larger commitment.
  • Respite care residents have access to all of the resources that other residents of the community use. Because of that, this service can give seniors opportunities that they don’t have at home, such as socialization with other seniors or expert help with things like medication management. Not only do seniors benefit, but their families can learn a lot from our staff of seasoned professionals.

If you’re interested in exploring respite care, we encourage you to reach out to our staff at Beach House. They’ll be able to help you explore your options, and see if it’s is the right option for you.


What is respite care? It’s a great option for seniors and caretakers alike to switch up their routines and get a much-needed break. If this sounds like something you’d benefit from, give us a call.

If you’re hoping to retire in Jacksonville, Florida, the Beach House could be the ideal place. Our exceptional location is less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean and near restaurants, shops, a golf course, and more. Our friendly and compassionate staff members offer individualized care 24/7, ensuring the safety, security, and happiness of all residents. Most importantly, we tailor these services to suit the unique needs of each resident. To learn more about our amenities or schedule a tour, please contact us online or give us a call at 904-615-8076. We look forward to hearing from you!