How Family Caregivers Can Take Advantage of Respite Care

shutterstock_280357913Between the hectic hours at the office and the responsibilities of home ownership, parceling time and energy to care for senior relatives at home can leave you feeling overworked with little space for a vacation or an hour of personal time.

Many family members view senior living as a permanent solution and overlook the benefits of Respite Care. Respite Care offers temporary living and care services to seniors for as little as a few hours to as long as several weeks. Whether you have a business meeting to attend outside the state or just feel temporarily overwhelmed with your daily responsibilities, Respite Care can give you the extra time you need while providing the high-quality senior care your loved one deserves.

The following situations illustrate ways in which family members can take advantage of Respite Care and balance it with their at-home senior care schedule.

Use Respite Care during Long-Distance Family Vacations or Business Trips 

As much as you would like to see your loved one ride rollercoasters at a theme park, the pace of a vacation can often prove too fast for aging family members. Alternatively, you may have work-related trips or other situations where it simply isn’t appropriate for a loved one to accompany you.

You should also keep in mind that travel, especially air travel, leaves seniors—who account for between 50 and 70 percent of flu-related hospitalizations each year according to the CDC—susceptible to developing an illness.

A senior community with Respite Care services will allow them to stay for the duration of your trip, giving you time to travel without having to worry about your loved one.

Use Respite Care While You Take Care of Obligations 

Even if you don’t travel, caring for a loved one requires a significant amount of time and energy, and sometimes you need a helping hand. Respite Care can offer you advanced support when you need it most and function as temporary care while you attend to other obligations. Whether you need a few hours to concentrate on a job interview, a week to handle moving to a new home, or even time to recover from a surgery or injury, Respite Care services allow you to focus on the tasks at hand without feeling as though you’ve neglected your loved one’s care.

Use Respite Care When You Need Time for Yourself 

shutterstock_303875729When you care for a loved one, you often place their needs before your own. You may miss meals or sleep less in an attempt to meet the demands of their care on top of your own work, school, and/or child care schedule. The mounting stress of these various obligations can affect your emotional, mental, and physical health. Signs of caregiver stress include depression, weight loss/gain, social withdrawal, or loss of sleep. Caring for your loved one should not come at the expense of your own health and well-being, and it may ultimately translate into a lapse in your ability to care for them.

For the safety of yourself and your loved one, consider Respite Care to help ease the tension of your hectic schedule. While your parents are away, take the time to recharge. Go to the gym for an hour, watch a movie, or relax at home. However you use the time, you’ll have the comfort of knowing your loved one is receiving quality care in a professional, courteous environment during their absence. They may even discover that they enjoy the active, social atmosphere of a senior community, making a future, long-term transition easier if necessary.

For more information on nearby senior living communities that offer Respite Care, contact an OurParents Senior Living Advisor today.

One comment on “How Family Caregivers Can Take Advantage of Respite Care
  1. Jade Brunet says:

    I have a disabled brother and we are happy to have certain benefits provided for him. Thank you for this information about respite care. I find that it is a good idea to use this resource when one needs a little bit of extra time for oneself. We will have to look into this for our situation with my brother.

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