Why Respite from Senior Caregiving is Essential

Why Respite from Senior Caregiving is Essential

For caregivers of older adults, taking a break from time to time is critical to avoid becoming overly exhausted and stressed, which can affect your personal health and ability to provide your loved one with the best possible care.

Research has found that personal timeouts or breaks, when taken regularly, can contribute to a caregiver’s overall effectiveness. Respite from daily caregiving helps to prevent burnout by allowing you to attend to your life outside of caregiving, including your career, home, family, and personal needs. Afterward, you can return to caregiving feeling refreshed and rested, physically, mentally, emotionally, and perhaps with an entirely new perspective on care.

To serve this need for respite, many senior living communities provide short, or longer-term respite stays or temporary housing and care specifically for seniors. This allows their caregiver to take a vacation or a break from their daily responsibilities. Short-term stays at a comfortable and welcoming community can also serve as a great resource for seniors recovering from an injury or a hospital stay, or for those interested in a trial stay before making a final decision about moving into the community as a resident.

Along with assisted living and memory care services delivered by the on-site care team at most senior living communities, a respite care stay provides your loved one with the freedom to enjoy many services and amenities. At Sterling Ridge Senior Living, the list is long, and includes a fully furnished apartment with cable and Wi-Fi, three nutritious meals served daily, access to outside services like home health, hospice, physical therapy, weekly housekeeping and linen services, a beauty salon, a therapy and exercise room with fitness equipment, courtyard, chapel, scheduled transportation, activities and events.

In addition to quality respite care, The Lodge at Grand Junction has precautionary measures in place to help ensure that our residents, including short-term guests for respite stays, remain safe and healthy while staying with us. This includes a 24-hour emergency call system, building-wide sanitization at regular intervals, temperature and symptom checks for all visitors and vendors, and, while most of our residents and team members have been vaccinated, we are again encouraging mask-wearing and social distancing for everyone on campus, and we provide designated quarantine space for new residents.

With a respite stay at Sterling Ridge, you’ll know your loved one is in good hands, enabling you to take time for self-care, whether that means going on vacation, engaging in your favorite hobby, or meeting up with old friends. If you’re interested in arranging a respite stay for your loved one in one of our assisted living or memory care apartments, give us a call today at 720-577-3403 or schedule a tour online.

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