Caring for someone who needs help with daily living tasks or has dementia is an around-the-clock job. It can be physically demanding and emotionally draining. Caregivers need—and deserve—a break! Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest while their loved one continues to receive care from someone else.
Respite care can be provided by a friend or relative, if they are available and up for the challenge, or a professional caregiver in the home. Adult day care centers offer care for an afternoon or day. Assisted Living and Memory Care communities can provide overnight night care up to a couple of weeks.
Sometimes just taking an afternoon to exercise or run a few errands is enough to refresh. Often, a longer break is needed to truly recharge a caregiver’s batteries. Time to connect with friends and family or take a vacation can help someone be a better caregiver. Although caregivers often feel guilty about taking a break, time away helps avoid caregiver burnout, which can lead to exhaustion, depression and difficulty providing good care.
Respite care can also be good for the people receiving the care. A new caregiver or change of scenery may renew their energy as well. And if a change of scenery is stressful, then it may be good to slowly have your loved one get familiar with respite care. That way it will be an easier transition whenever needed, especially if an emergency should arise.
Tips for Respite Care Success
•If using a friend, relative, volunteer or paid caregiver in the home, take your time introducing the two and share detailed instructions about routines, medications, food preferences and suggested activities.
•If using an adult day care center, find out what kind of special training the staff has and what activities and programs they offer to keep your loved one engaged, active and safe.
•If using a senior living community, make sure the team seems genuinely interested in getting to know your loved one and understanding his or her needs and preferences. Bring a few personal items from home like a favorite blanket, sweater or photograph to make guests feel more comfortable and at home in the new surroundings.
•If you’re feeling uneasy, try and find comfort and peace-of-mind knowing that your loved one is safe and spending time with others who care.
Stoney River Respite Care
Stoney River offers assisted living and memory care respite stays.
Guests receive highly-personalized care and attention from Ramsey team members, who introduce them to residents and invite them to take advantage of the community’s amenities and programs. Enjoying a respite stay is a great way to experience Ramsey’s award-winning VIVA! lifestyle and A Knew Day Memory Care program to see if it may be a good long-term fit for you and your loved one.
To learn more or request a Respite Care brochure, call 612-615-9936 or email MChampagne@stoneyriverramsey.com.