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What is Respite Care and How Can Family Caretakers Use It?

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If you’re a primary caregiver for a loved one, you know how rewarding it can be. You also know it can be emotionally and physically demanding. One thing you’ve probably learned over time is that being a family caregiver can become even harder if you’re not taking care of yourself. That’s when it’s a good time to consider respite care.

Respite care allows caregivers like you to take a much-needed break so you can relax, recharge and tend to other important matters. It can also prevent you from becoming exhausted, isolated, or even suffering caregiver burnout. If the thought of using senior care for your family member stirs up feelings of guilt, it’s important to know that there are several benefits of respite care for your loved one too.

Benefits of Respite Care for Elderly Family Members

When taking care of a loved one, it’s easy to get into a routine. While having a schedule may be easier and more predictable, it can also become a little monotonous for everyone involved. For your loved one, socializing and doing new things is important for continuing to enjoy life. Here are a few benefits respite care can have for your loved one:

Making new friends: Being around people of a similar age and background gives your loved one a chance to expand their social circle and to have different and interesting conversations.

Trying different activities: Being welcomed into a community presents new possibilities to do more group activities. Respite care is also set up with an ever-changing calendar of classes and events tailored to your family members interests.

Benefits of Respite Care for Caregivers

Being a family caregiver can easily turn into a 24/7 job, and it’s perfectly natural to need a break. Taking time off is vital to your health and well-being. No one works around the clock, day after day, without ever having some time to themselves. Here are a few of the biggest benefits of respite care for you:

Recharge: Respite care provides a reliable, trustworthy caregiving resource that can handle all your loved one’s personal care needs so you can take time for yourself.

Peace of mind: By placing your loved one with qualified care providers, you don’t need to worry about whether or not their care needs are being met.

Socializing: Respite care allows you to spend time reconnecting with friends and family members to nurture other important relationships.

Test drive: If you’re considering an assisted living community like Galleria Woods, respite care provides a way to evaluate a senior living community and see how your loved one feels about it.

Be yourself: Despite the 24/7 demands of caregiving, it’s crucial for you to maintain your sense of self by spending time following your interests outside of the caregiving role.

Times to Consider Respite Care

Even if your loved one has a good support network of caregivers, there are certain situations when a stay in respite care could help them and you. Here are some times to consider respite care:

Recovering from an accident or injury: After an accident or injury, your loved one may be afraid of returning home too soon. Respite care could provide just enough help to allow your loved one to recuperate and rehabilitate before going home.

Post-hospital care: If your loved one has lost strength due to an extended hospital stay or just needs more time to rest and relax, respite care can help. It can also give you the opportunity to prepare for your loved one’s return home by lining up healthcare services or stocking up on groceries.

Short-term rehabilitation: Respite care provides a safe setting for seniors recuperating after a hip or knee replacement, without the hazards and temptations of your loved one trying to do too much when recovering at home.

Important life events: There are some life events that require your full attention like the birth of a child (or grandchild), planning a wedding or family reunion, or attending to an unplanned emergency. Knowing your loved one has a caring and engaging place to be during these big events can make a world of difference to them, you and your entire family.

Remodeling or moving: If you’re remodeling your house to make it more comfortable for your loved one, or even if you’re moving, your family member may find all that activity stressful. Respite care is a good option because your loved one will have an engaging and safe place to be, allowing you to focus on the job at hand.

A break for caregivers: If your loved one needs round-the-clock assistance, but you need time away to work, prepare for the holidays, or simply recharge your batteries, respite care provides a safe and supportive option.

Discover the Benefits of Respite Care at Galleria Woods

Caring for a loved one is important and you want to make the best decision for them and you. Respite care could be a good option that allows you to continue to provide the love and support your family members need. It’s also a good, no-obligation way, to try out something new. If you have questions about respite care or assisted living at Galleria Woods, use our Community Assistant chat feature or contact us here. We’d love to show you around our beautiful community.