Many caregivers and families try their best to provide care to a loved one or an aging parent. That’s when respite care can help! The physical and emotional toll can be overwhelming on a caregiver without some support or relief. Oftentimes, caregivers feel like they’ve reached a breaking point with the increased responsibilities. Now add the COVID-19 pandemic and it has become even more stressful for caregivers and families. Sometimes, they just need a break or perhaps they are looking to make a transition to assisted living but need some reassurance that it is the right choice. Or perhaps you have had a recent hospitalization and need some time to recuperate.
What is respite care?
Respite care is a break from the daily duties of a primary caregiver, which allows that person to be relieved of caring for a loved one, an aging parent, sick family member, or friend. Respite care at Springhouse Senior Living includes care such as bathing, dressing, grooming, meals, housekeeping linen and laundry service. Respite stays are provided in a furnished studio apartment at Springhouse in our assisted living community. Sometimes respite care is planned, or it happens unexpectedly from an emergency or recent hospitalization. Respite care has a minimum stay of 30 days or a few months, based on the needs of you and the person you’re caring for.
When to choose respite care
Any time you’re struggling with the care of a loved one is an appropriate time to explore respite care options. In fact, you may even want to have a plan in advance for respite care should something happen that makes you unable to care for your loved one or you are planning a hospital stay and need a plan for after to recuperate.
Here are some examples of when respite care could be helpful:
• Sometimes the stress of caregiving can turn into burnout or depression. Respite care can be helpful in providing time for you to rest and recharge. Caregiving is hard work and there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you need a break.
• There may be times when you’re temporarily not available to provide care for your loved one, whether because of your own illness or injury, travel, or other family obligations.
• For members of the “sandwich generation,” caring for young children and a parent at the same time can become overwhelming. This is particularly true these days for parents who are managing remote school and work.
• Your loved one may temporarily need more care than you can safely provide following a hospitalization, illness, or injury.
Respite care is a great option for someone who has a planned surgery, may go to rehab and still is unable to return home to live independently. Often more time is needed to get stronger. The idea of stairs is scary or thought of preparing meals is just something that seems unfeasible. Staying at Springhouse in respite allows extra time to gain strength and confidence so returning to home is safer.
Tips for choosing a respite stay
When you are investigating respites stays, you want to be sure to select one that provides the services you need. Ask questions, get answers so you can make and educated decision. You should consider going to visit the community. Be prepared.
• What services are provided? For example, how much support will your loved one receive for activities of daily living and does that match their needs?
• What is the pricing? What’s included vs. available for an additional fee?
• Is there a required length of stay, either minimum or maximum?
• How much advance scheduling is required for respite care?
• Do respite care guests have access to all community amenities?
• What is the visitor policy?
Another way to look at respite care is as an opportunity to sample the community before making a more permanent move. You and your loved one can use the time to determine if a community is the right fit. At Springhouse Senior Living you may come for a short-term or seasonal stay. It’s a great way for someone who is thinking about assisted living to see what life is really like.
Respite care is available at Springhouse Senior Living in our assisted living community. There is a clinical assessment prior to joining us for a respite stay. If you’re a primary caregiver and anxious to get relief from those duties, taking the time to find the right respite care stay is essential – not only for you but for your loved one, too. Or if you are planning a hospital stay and could benefit from additional care and TLC then Springhouse is the place to recuperate.
Are you ready to learn more about respite stays at Springhouse Senior Living assisted living? Call us today at 617-522-0043, we look forward to hearing from you.