Well, Summer is finally here! For many families, that means preparing for fun-filled vacations and relaxing getaways. But if you are one of the thousands of caregivers tasked with caring for an aging loved one, a vacation or weekend getaway, may seem impossible or out-of-reach.
Unfortunately, it’s all too common for caregivers to feel overwhelmed by the emotional and physical strain of the responsibility of taking the best care of their loved ones. While you as a caregiver may be reluctant to admit you could use a break, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to be in this alone – respite care can help.
What is Respite Care?
Many caregivers aren’t aware that assisted living facilities offer short-term overnight stays for individuals who need assistance with daily living. This service, called respite care, is essentially planned, or emergency care given on a temporary basis to a dependent individual with special needs when his or her usual caregiver is unavailable, unable to provide certain care, needs a break from the responsibilities of caregiving.
Why Respite Care?
Did you know according to the Centers for Disease Control: 54 percent of caregivers say their health has gotten worse due to caregiving, while 35 percent have difficulty finding time for themselves, yet the National Alliance of Caregiving and AARP found only 12 percent of family caregivers take advantage of respite care services.
As a caregiver, it is important to seek out support occasionally – before you become exhausted, overwhelmed, or isolated in your caregiving role. It is also an important strategy for preserving your health and nurturing your own personal relationships. Consider the following benefits:
- Doing the things you enjoy can calm your nerves, lower your heart rate and improve your mood.
- Juggling the responsibilities of daily life can be draining but taking a break allows you to re-energize and be more effective in what you do.
- You are more than just your loved one’s caregiver – maintaining your sense of self and taking care of your personal needs is essential to healthy living.
- Engaging and enjoying time with friends and family keeps your social ties healthy and combats the risks of social isolation.
Respite care also offers families and their loved ones an opportunity to try assisted living facilities they may be considering all while avoid having to make a long-term commitment. Respite care can be a beneficial way for individuals to sample life in an assisted living community. Loved ones can get to know the staff and, equally important, the people who live there – they may even make a few long-lasting friendships during their stay.
We’re Here for You
If you are interested in learning more about our respite care, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. We’re happy to discuss our respite care offerings and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Call us today!