How Caregivers and Seniors Benefit from Respite Care
While looking after our aging loved ones is a very gratifying and meaningful process, it does not come without its challenges. Regardless of whether or not you’re the primary caregiver or a part-time caregiver, everyone needs a break from time to time.
Leaving time for self-care and relaxation helps caregivers recharge and decompress, and ultimately has a positive impact on the quality of their care. As Eleanor Brownn said, “Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
In order to help support caregivers and seniors alike, what kinds of short-term senior care options exist?
Respite Care: Temporary Senior Care Options
Respite care is a short-term assisted living option that is offered through a variety of different assisted living communities or nursing homes. Short-term senior care programs support seniors with their everyday needs and personal routine, such as dressing, medication support, meals, and transportation—all in a safe environment, where seniors are monitored by professionally trained senior care staff.
Types of Respite Care: Adult Day Care, Extended Stays
Depending on the program, respite care may be residential, where clients stay in a senior living apartment overnight for a more extended stay. Alternatively, the respite care program may be more like a senior or adult day care, where seniors are monitored during the day and spend the evenings or nights at home. Whether it’s hourly, overnight, or extended, there are a variety of respite care options for families and caregivers to choose from.
Short-Term Senior Care at Orchard Park
Does your senior loved one need a little extra help after a short hospital stay? Will the primary caregiver be out of town? At Orchard Park, as a part of our Respite Care Program, we offer extended stays, where seniors live at our senior living community for a minimum of three weeks. Seniors enjoy a temporary stay in one of our fully-furnished private apartments.
Amenities and Benefits of Respite Care
Comforts of Home in a Safe and Supervised Environment
Seniors who choose this temporary senior care option will enjoy:
- home-cooked meals by our on-site chef;
- assistance with daily activities, such as medication management, grooming, or transportation to medical appointments;
- around-the-clock access to a professionally trained senior care staff;
- 24-hour emergency assistance;
- and a calendar full of activities, outings, and events.
Social Interaction with Other Seniors
Not only can senior residents enjoy the comforts of home at Orchard Park Senior Living, but as a part of our Respite Care Program, seniors can participate in all of our regularly-scheduled activities and social outings. This gives seniors an opportunity to socialize with their peers and make new friends—all in a safe and supervised environment. This social interaction is of great benefit to seniors and helps them stay connected to their peers, warding off feelings of depression or isolation.
Giving Assisted Living a Trial Run
Lastly, another benefit of short-term care options is that they allow seniors to see if assisted living is a good fit for them. In some cases, a senior may feel hesitant to move away from home. Extended respite care programs allow seniors to “try out” assisted living, without committing to a permanent move. This gives seniors a way to see if a given senior living community or assisted living arrangement is a good fit for them.
Would you like to learn more about Orchard Park’s Respite Care Program? Speak to a senior care advisor or schedule a time to visit us here in Clovis, CA. We’re always available to answer any questions that you may have, and look forward to meeting you!
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