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Respite Care Can Provide the Caregiving Break You Need

When your aging loved one can no longer safely live on their own in an apartment, condo or other senior residence, you may decide to welcome them into your home, where you can provide the assistance they need – and be certain of their safety.

The caregiver’s role can be deeply rewarding, and it’s also challenging. You may find that the responsibilities are made more difficult because you’re offering your loving care while tending to family needs at the same time. And if you’re like many others, the situation is further complicated by having another job outside the home. Fortunately, there’s a way to provide your parent or other aging loved one the care they deserve while giving yourself the break you occasionally need – respite care. Caregiver burnout is real, and respite care is a great way to take care of it.

 

Recognize the Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Anyone who regularly fulfills the responsibilities of caring for a loved one – even short term – has felt some kind of caregiver burnout. Frustrated, exhausted, overwhelmed – these are common feelings, and full-time, professional caregivers will tell you they occasionally deal with the same feelings. Unlike professionals who can go home at the end of the day, however, you can’t escape. Your caregiver job also includes your other adult responsibilities, possibly including raising a family, managing a household, meeting financial obligations and working a full-time job. No wonder you’re tired!

When is it caregiver burnout? Watch for these warning signs:

  • You’re often exhausted. It sounds obvious, but many convince themselves to simply push through their exhaustion out of a sense of obligation. But that’s not sustainable, and sacrificing your sleep schedule and self-care for your loved one can be dangerous and counterproductive.
  • You’re often sick. Stress and lack of sleep can take a serious toll on your health and increase the odds of getting sick. That’s bad enough, but then consider how your sickness can get your loved one sick too.
  • You’re often angry or sad. Your emotional and mental health matters. If you don’t have the time to relax and unwind, you won’t have time for happiness either. Your loved one will notice how you’re feeling and may suddenly try to reverse the caretaker role. Remember, your loved one loves you too.
  • You frequently neglect your own needs. You have the right to live your life. Feelings of guilt often experienced by caregivers originate within a self-deception – that when you’re not giving your all to your loved one, you believe you’re shirking your obligation. This isn’t true. You need – and deserve – time for your own life.

Fortunately, easing the strain of caregiver burnout isn’t particularly difficult, often beginning with your resolve. You can reset your schedule to include the time you need to sleep, exercise and take breaks. You can negotiate with siblings, cousins, spouse, family friends or another loved one to share caregiving responsibilities. And you can look to the support of respite care.

Respite Care: The Break That’s Good for Both of You

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 heading for jury duty or going on vacation, you can rely on respite care to provide the qualified, compassionate support that your loved one needs.

How does it work? Simply contact a senior living community that offers respite care or adult day care, give them your information and set a time to have a personal consultation. These days, you can expect a health pre-screening to ensure the safety of current residents. A pre-screening will also give the respite care community a clear assessment of your loved one’s unique care needs. Typically, respite care serves seniors whose needs are consistent with the needs served in long-term assisted living or memory care – but respite offerings can vary widely.

Respite care is available whenever you need to take a break. It gives the whole family real peace of mind – but the perks of respite care aren’t just enjoyed by the senior’s family members. When an older adult enters a respite care center, many will greatly benefit from the chance to rest and recuperate, take advantage of amenities that enhance daily life, and befriend other residents and staff members.

A Welcome Break: Rose Estates Respite Care

Are you a caregiver who’s feeling exhausted, overwhelmed or frustrated? Respite care is here to help. At Rose Estates Assisted Living Community, you’ll find a supportive, comforting, welcoming environment that ensures your loved one feels at ease. Plus, with the respected assisted living services we provide – including reliable, resident-centered care and 24/7 staff – you and your family can feel confident

For more information about Rose Estates in Overland Park, KS, call 913-825-9600 today.