Caring For A Senior: The Holiday Stress Saver
Last-minute shopping trips, family visits, office parties, and other surprise seasonal occurrences can add to our stress level. The lives of people who have senior relatives living with them can be even more hectic. This can have a negative impact on your health, your family and more importantly the senior under your care. Therefore, managing or mitigating this anxiety can be the key to Happy Holidays. This is how respite care can be your saver.
What is respite care?
Many adults are unaware of what respite care is or its availability. It can be a tremendous resource for caregivers and their families. Simply stated, respite care is a short-term stay in an assisted living community. Care providers should consider it as their holiday stress saver, especially if their loved one is living at home with them. Our facilities can and do offer respite stays that can be taken advantage of around the holidays (or any time).
Help Caregivers with Respite Care
Providing care for loved ones can be a difficult and challenging task. With chronic health concerns to take into account, completing last minute holiday tasks can be nearly impossible. Caregivers should take advantage of every resource available to them. A respite stay can be crucial for family members. It allows the caregiver to unwind and put on hold the responsibilities of full-time care for a day or two.
Planning around parties, shopping, visits, etc. during the holidays can be tough during this season. Respite care can help avoid serious potential stumbling blocks in caring for a loved one. This is especially true if the senior doesn’t like or is unable to travel. A short-term stay at our assisted living community can be the solution by providing your loved one with a community to live in where they’ll be well looked-after. Caregivers will have the peace of mind that their relative is being taken care of in a loving and secure environment.
Benefits for The Senior
Your loved one will benefit too. Respite care not only overcomes a logistical issue, but provides the senior with a unique experience to form new friendships and stay active while maintaining their dignity. Consequently, this short stay might ease them into the idea of long-term care in the future. Seniors are often homebound due to health reasons. Respite care offers these seniors a chance to connect with others from their own generation and possibly raise their spirits. They will have a new audience for their stories and a place to feel the comfort of being around others of the same era.
There are no worries about forgetting to take medication and the availability of assistance for routine daily processes. This around the clock service can be quite comforting to the elderly.
As a result, this can also help spur a needed conversation around the holidays. The whole family can get together and discuss care and responsibility for taking care of Mom and Dad. Our communities offer the feel of a loving and caring family.