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What Is Respite Care?
Respite care comes in many forms. It provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. It may also cater to a senior’s unique care needs as they recover from an injury or medical condition or procedure. Respite care is often a short-term stay at an assisted living care community, like Grand Oaks. At Grand Oaks, for example, respite care is a 60-day stay.
For the senior, respite care provides nursing or rehabilitation assistance when needed. Seniors receive personalized care while they recover, as well as assistance with all daily activities. When they stay at an assisted living facility for respite care, seniors may also enjoy the same benefits of full-time residents, like access to special amenities and on-site activities and events. They’ll enjoy not only a nice stay but also delicious meals, all care, socialization, and more.
For the caregivers of a senior, respite care enables caregivers to care for themselves while caring for their loved ones. Unfortunately, many caregivers don’t even realize that respite care is an option for their family. Respite care makes it possible for primary caregivers to take extended breaks without worrying about the daily responsibilities of caring for their loved ones.
Time away from your loved one is absolutely necessary. That’s why respite care is so invaluable. In most cases, relying on temporary respite care prevents physical burnout and allows you to continue to take good care of your loved one.
So, how do you know when you, as a caregiver, or your senior loved one needs respite care?
If you’re experiencing any of these signs, consider your respite care options.
- The long-term effects of stress associated with caregiving are destroying your own health or well-being; you may feel impatient, irritable, or depressed, or make mistakes with important responsibilities like medications or schedules
- Your job, personal relationships, social life, finances, and physical or mental health are declining as a direct result of caregiving
- You feel like you’re missing out on life or your own goals while you care for others; you can’t remember the last time you had fun
- You’re taking an extended vacation or urgent business or family travel without your senior loved one and need to maintain their care
- You’re looking for a “trial period” of a senior living residence to help your loved one ease into permanent senior living
- Your household chores, like laundry, cleaning, or dirty dishes, are piling up and you have no time to do everything on your to-do list
- Your senior loved one recently experienced a hospital stay for an illness or injury that requires additional support or care beyond what you can give to them
- Isolation or loneliness are having a negative impact on your family
- Your friends and family have expressed concerns about your well-being or that of your loved one or have seen symptoms of burnout as a caregiver