What are the Benefits of Respite Care?

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Do you need to travel for a work trip? Are you considering a romantic getaway for your anniversary? Are you hesitant to plan anything because you don’t know who will care for your aging parent while you are gone? This is a dilemma that faces many primary caregivers. Some will choose to skip attending a friend’s wedding, taking a vacation, or visiting distant family members because they can’t travel with their parent and have no one who can care for them. This doesn’t have to be the case. Most assisted living communities offer a short-term care option to care for your parent while you travel or take a much-deserved break.

What is respite care?

Short-term care, or respite care, is an option for your parent, or spouse to stay in an assisted living community for a short stay, where they are safe and cared for by professionals. You can rest assured that they will receive 24-hour care from specifically-trained staff, including medication management, and assistance with the activities of daily living. They will be a part of the community and able to participate in activities and socialize with other residents. They will be served three meals a day plus snacks. Your loved one can use all the amenities of the building from the movie theater and exercise classes to transportation and the beauty salon. While you are traveling, they will get their own vacation in a comfortable home that caters to their needs.

Many caregivers are hesitant to leave a parent with another family member, or friend, particularly if they suffer from memory loss. Respite care is an excellent option if your loved one has Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia. Memory care communities employ staff who are sensitive to the behavioral traits and issues that may come with memory loss. They are specially-trained to redirect and calm residents who may be agitated or anxious. They will keep your parent safe and treat them with dignity.

What are the benefits of respite care?

• Peace of mind. Your parent will be cared for by trained professionals with experience in caring for elderly residents. You can be confident that they will be well looked after and safe during their stay.
• Opportunity to make new friends and socialize. Your parent will meet a whole new community of peers during meals and activities throughout the day.
• Extra time to recuperate after a hospital stay. If your parent has had a hip replacement or is recovering from surgery, they can take a little more time to heal during a short-term stay. They will get 24/7 support from staff who can help manage medications and meet all their needs for a full recovery.
• A place to stay in an emergency. If the worst happens, such as a house fire or flood, a short-term stay can benefit an elderly family member whose home is uninhabitable or unsafe.
• A break for a stressed caregiver. Caregiving is a full-time job that can be over whelming. Caregivers can take time for themselves to recharge and rejuvenate during a break.
• Experience the community before becoming a full-time resident. Your parent may enjoy their stay so much that they want to make a permanent change. It’s an excellent way to meet other residents, try the food, experience the amenities, and ease into a transition to full-time.

For more information about Aegis Living’s respite care plans contact the community nearest you.

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