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Short-Term Care to Support the Caregiver

Posted by Mary Van Orman

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At one time or another, you may feel like you are about to hit the wall.  As the caregiver of an elderly parent or loved one, the stress of caregiving can be emotionally and physically exhausting.   This is a tremendous responsibility fraught with emotional hurdles, financial pressure, health concerns, and uncertainty.  It’s no wonder many caregivers will face burnout at some point. How does one deal with balancing their personal life, work, children, and caring for a parent?

At Aegis Living, we understand the patience and energy that it takes to be a full-time caregiver.   We’ve hired a host of skilled staff with expertise in dealing with the unique challenges of caring for the elderly, and catering to the needs of someone with dementia.  Our communities are set up to support our senior residents with all the comforts of home.  If you are feeling overstressed, there are options to make sure your loved one is cared for and gives you the relief and break that you may need.

Day Stay. If you are employed full-time or caring for small children at home, you may be unable to care for your loved one without additional support.   A day stay option may be the perfect solution for your situation.  You can bring your parent to one of our communities in the morning, so they can enjoy all the luxury amenities and fine dining of our communities, and then pick them up in the evening to return home.   This solution allows for your loved one to socialize with the staff and other members of the community, but stay in your home.  Those in day stay can participate in community programming and enjoy the variety of activities with new friends.   Check with each community to find out if Day Stay is an option as some states do not offer this option.

Respite Care.  If you need a much-deserved break or if you are leaving town and need a temporary place for your loved one to stay while you are gone, respite care can be your solution.   Respite care allows for you loved one to stay at one of our communities on a temporary basis. Your parent will stay in a well-appointed private apartment for their very own “staycation.”  During their time with us, they will enjoy fine dining, luxurious amenities, enriching activities, and newfound friendships.  A short-term stay is also helpful to provide extra assistance to your loved one after they have been discharged from the hospital.  This will give them additional time to heal.   Some enjoy their stay so much that they choose to move into a community. Our trained staff will care for your loved one as if they were a permanent part of our community.

Although filled with joy and gratitude, caring for your parent can also be difficult at times.  Don’t wait until you are at a breaking point to ask for help.   Support is available.   Visit an Aegis Living community near you to meet our staff and find a solution to fit your needs.