How Assisted Living Services Help Caregivers
Being a caregiver for your elderly parents or other family members can be difficult. In many ways, it’s a much more challenging undertaking than most of us face in our day-to-day jobs. Luckily, there’s a type of senior living care that can give your loved one the support they need and offer your whole family more peace of mind – assisted living. Even better, it can help you avoid the pitfalls of caregiver burnout. Read on to learn more about the many benefits of assisted living.
Caregiver Burnout: What It Is and How to Avoid It
If you’re a caregiver for one of your parents or other aging family members, it’s likely that you’ve experienced some form of caregiver burnout. Though many adult child caregivers feel guilty about being frustrated, exhausted and overwhelmed, it’s important to understand that these feelings are common – and even people who work in senior care full time can experience them. When you add in the common things that most adults have to deal with (like raising kids, going to work each day and meeting their financial obligations), it’s no wonder that so many caregivers feel worn out.
Sound familiar? Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make caregiver burnout a thing of the past:
- Share the load. When it comes to caring for your loved ones, the whole family can find a role to play. Whether you split caregiving duties on a daily basis or decide to give each family member a single task, dividing the work helps to even the effort.
- Get respite care help. Respite care – also commonly known as short-stay elder care or adult day care – gives you the latitude to do the things you want and need to do. Whether you’re going to jury duty or going on vacation, you can rely on respite care to provide the qualified, compassionate support that your loved one needs.
- Go with long-term assisted living. Ultimately, when it comes to making sure your loved one has the best support available, there is no replacement for an assisted living community. In the next section, we’ll go into a little more detail about assisted living and what it can do for your loved one.
What Is Assisted Living?
Much different from a nursing home, assisted living communities are all about giving your loved one the support they need to live more independently for as long as possible – in fact, studies show that moving to an assisted living facility can help delay or prevent nursing home placement. Whether they’re part of a larger community or a stand-alone building, assisted living caregivers offer a helping hand with the vital activities of daily living.
To get a clearer picture of how assisted living can help your loved one, consider the following:
- It’s all about removing barriers. At an assisted living community, your loved one will find incredible care and daily support, including help with bathing, dressing and other necessities. Caregivers aren’t there to tell residents what they can or can’t do – instead, they work to find ways to make seniors life easier, smoother and more enjoyable.
- They’ll stay busy. Forget any ideas you might have had about an assisted living community being boring. In reality, many communities offer the opportunity to enjoy cultural events and field trips to nearby shopping centers and landmarks. Ultimately, what your loved one chooses to do is entirely up to them.
- They’re in control. An assisted living community isn’t a tightly controlled environment like a hospital or skilled nursing center – when it comes to where residents go, when they leave and what they do, they’re the boss. And their privacy won’t be interrupted, either – caregivers won’t enter an apartment without the resident’s permission.
- They’ll still have an active social life. Like we said earlier, senior living communities aren’t nursing homes. The older adults who live in these communities are active, engaged and eager to meet new friends. No matter who your loved one is, they’ll find someone to spend time with.
Sound good? Reach out for more.
Assisted living at Rose Estates is purpose-built to offer your loved one more comfort and control. Our talented and compassionate team of caregivers will work with your whole family to devise a plan that addresses your loved one’s biggest needs while ensuring that our support is never overbearing. That’s why so many seniors in Overland Park choose our community.
Our team members are always ready to hear from you. Whether you’re interested in a personal consultation or just want to learn a little more about assisted living, give us a call at 913-825-9600.