Finding a way to enjoy a spring break trip with your children or a summer vacation when you are the caregiver for a senior loved one might not seem feasible. It is especially true when leaving town means your older family member will be left alone in their home. In situations like this, respite services can be a solution.
What is Respite Care?
Respite is a care solution for older adults and people with a disability who need extra support on a short-term basis. It might be a temporary stay in an assisted living community or the help of an in-home caregiver.
A respite stay in an assisted living community offers older adults all of the services and care they need when you can’t be there to help them yourself. If you choose to utilize a community’s respite program for your loved one while you are away, there are a few things you should know:
- They will benefit from the same supportive services permanent residents have. It might be they need help with bathing and dressing or medication reminders to stay on track.
- Respite residents enjoy well-balanced meals that are designed to support older adults’ nutritional needs.
- Senior living communities have a full range of daily life enrichment activities in which they can participate.
- Help with laundry, housekeeping and other daily tasks and chores is available.
- Experienced caregivers are on hand around the clock should special needs arise unexpectedly.
Respite Stay in an Assisted Living Community
In general, senior living communities prefer respite stays to be at least one week in length. To make the short-term visit go more smoothly for your senior loved one, consider bringing them to the community for lunch or dinner before you leave for vacation. It will allow the staff an opportunity to get to know them and to introduce them to other residents.
How to Find Respite Services
If your older loved one lives in Michigan, Ohio or Illinois and you would like to learn more about respite care, please call the Randall Residence closest to you. One of our dedicated team members will be glad to help. If you live outside these areas, Respite Locator can help you find a respite care provider in your local community.