What is Respite Care?
Respite care is temporary care provided when family caregivers need short-term breaks from caregiving responsibilities and is primarily used to support a family caregiver or to provide relief when he or she cannot complete caregiving duties. This type of care can be either planned or used in the case of an emergency and can range from several days to several weeks, depending on the situation and services offered by your local community.
Respite care can also be used as a way for an individual to “test drive” a community. Individuals receive the same care and have access to all of the amenities that every resident benefits from. What better way to see if a community is the right fit for you than to live there before committing?
Respite care is just as useful for guests as it is for caregivers. While caregivers are able to get a break from the stresses of their caregiving responsibilities, guests are able to engage in an active, social lifestyle that promotes wellness and enriches their lives.
Although it is important that family caregivers utilize respite care or support from other sources to prevent caregiver burnout and to relieve the stress that is often associated with caring for an aging parent or family member, it is also important for older individuals to seek out socialization and stimulating activities to maintain their desired lifestyle. Be sure to contact your local community for availability as respite may not be offered if the community is full or has a waiting list.
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What Makes Oaks Senior Living’s Respite Care Different?
Our senior living communities throughout Georgia, the Metro Atlanta area and South Carolina offer programs designed to alleviate the stress that family caregivers often face when trying to juggle care with maintaining a household and career and invite older individuals who are considering moving into one of our communities to join us. No matter the length of stay, individuals become part of our family and receive the same great care and access to amenities that are provided to our residents.
Respite care services offered at Oaks Senior Living offer socialization and stimulation in an environment with trained caregivers. This is an opportunity for seniors to make new friends, develop new hobbies, and otherwise socialize in ways they may not have previously, promoting overall health and wellness.