Avoid Caregiver Burnout: Consider Respite Care

caregiver_146268207Providing care for an elderly loved one can bring great joy and pride, but it also can also take emotional tolls that are often overlooked, even by the caregivers themselves. What’s the number one way to avoid caregiver burnout? Being honest with yourself and knowing when you need a break. And when you need a break, respite care can help.

Offering short-term, temporary relief for caregivers, respite care also offers opportunities for seniors to enjoy new social interaction. Respite care can range from partial days to several weeks and can be provided by friends and family, adult day services, and elder companions. But typically, the best in professional respite care can be found at assisted living communities.

This may come as a surprise, but assisted living communities aren’t just for long-term residents. For example, Lakeside Park offers short-term accommodations for older adults who require memory care and help with everyday tasks. These respite care stays in no way shortchange the resident; a professional caregiver is always close at hand and seniors can benefit from all the activities, support, and amenities an elder care community offers. Plus, short term stays offer a great way for potential residents and their loved ones to see whether a particular senior living community is the right fit.

So when it’s time for caregivers to “recharge,” respite care is a wonderful option. For peace of mind, and the health and welfare of your loved one, just be sure to let an experienced partner assume your responsibilities.

For more information about Lakeside Park’s respite care services, please contact us.

Cheryl-Martin-1-224x300About the Author.
Cheryl Martin leads the daily operations and program development at Lakeside Park. Cheryl has more than 30 years of experience in health care, senior housing, and memory care. From her early days as a certified nursing assistant, Cheryl has always been drawn to supporting people who cannot always advocate for themselves. She leads with her passion that elders teach us how to be better people, and if we are open, we can learn something new every day. Cheryl’s children have followed in her footsteps and also work in senior housing and assisted living. Lakeside Park has quickly become her extended family, and together they celebrate the joys and work through the challenges.

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