Caring for a loved one is extremely gratifying and fulfilling, all while being mentally and physically draining. For those caregivers who need time for themselves and to recharge, Respite care gives caregivers time away from those they care for on a daily basis. This temporary relief gives them the opportunity to take a break from the daily routines and challenges they experience when caring for an elderly loved one. Because of this, respite care is known as the 'gift of time.'
Because family caregivers work around the clock, It is crucial that caregivers take care of themselves so they can maintain their health. Respite care promotes a healthy lifestyle for both the senior and the caregiver. While the caregiver receives personal time to prevent 'burnout,' the senior receives the care they need as well as socialization opportunities with other seniors.
Respite care services encourage caregivers to take anywhere from a couple of hours to a few weeks and provides the freedom to go on vacations while their loved one is still receiving the love, care, and attention they require. At Oaks Senior Living, we encourage our family caregivers to use our respite care services for things like exercising, work, meeting a friend for lunch or even traveling for work.
It is important when caregivers use respite care that they do not feel any guilt that may come with needing a break from caring for their loved one. It is often suggested that they feel as if they are pushing the responsibility on to the respite caregiver, which is simply not the case. Caregiving is a job that cannot be successfully done alone, a family caregiver must have a strong support system behind them to help - and respite care provides them that support in times of need.
Depending on the need, a person may select in-home or respite care at a senior living community. Both options offer similar services including help with dressing, bathing, laundry, and medication reminders. For older adults living with dementia, like Alzheimer's disease, higher levels of assistance may be available. For those seniors, we recommend visiting a facility for respite care, as it offers a safe and secure environment that prevents wandering.
Have additional questions about respite care and whether it is the right choice for you and your loved one? We'd love to hear from you! Find your closest Oaks Senior Living community and reach out to us directly. Our team is here to support you and your family in your time of need in any way we can.