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Despite their important work, caregivers are an often forgotten part of society. Many don’t consider how important they are until they find themselves in a position of giving care or being cared for. Only then do they realize that being a caregiver is often a full-time job, requiring impossible strength and determination to simply get through each day. Not only do they care for the physical needs of a loved one, but they also offer emotional support, which is just as important.

 

Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers are here to help your community members. Our team understands the unique needs and concerns of seniors, and they strive to provide individualized care and support that promotes independence and enhances the quality of life for each resident. We believe in creating meaningful connections and building strong relationships with our residents, treating them with the same love and respect as we would our own family members.

Respite care for seniors

Planning for Respite Care

It is important for caregivers to plan ahead for using respite care. For respite to be most beneficial, consider respite care earlier than you think you will need them. You should also consider using respite services early in your caregiving career. Many caregivers think they can and should “do it all” alone for as long as they can.  According to studies, caregivers get the most out of respite when they use it before they become exhausted, isolated, and overwhelmed by their responsibilities. In fact, respite care can be beneficial and enjoyable to both the caregiver and the care recipient.

Research has shown for respite to be most effective, caregivers should:

  • Use respite regularly

  • Devote two days of every week for respite if possible

  • Give careful thought to how you want to spend your respite time. Respite needs to be meaningful and purposeful for caregivers to fulfill their needs and plans, as well as safe and enjoyable for the care receiver.

Respite is most effective when combined with other services and assistance, but don't wait to take your break. You may also benefit from additional financial support, education, emotional and social support that provide a sense of belonging with others, but before you can seek out those services, respite will give you a chance to step back and recharge.

To assess your own need for respite and to ensure that you are making the most of your respite time, contact us for help! 

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