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Summer is a great season for people to visit assisted living communities. There is ample time to explore your options, make an informed choice, and move in before the snow begins to fly. For adult children, having a parent settled before winter brings peace of mind. But what can you do if a senior loved one is anxious about making such a big transition? How can you encourage them that it’s time for a change?
One option to consider is to take advantage of respite care at an assisted living community. These short-term programs were originally designed to give weary caregivers a break. They can, however, fill another role. They can give seniors an opportunity to be a guest of the community for a few weeks or months to see if it is a good fit.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care is a solution that offers support and peace of mind to caregivers. When a family member needs a break, respite programs at an assisted living community give the senior a safe place to stay. Depending on what state the community is located in and their regulations, respite guests can usually remain at an assisted living community for a few days or several months.
Despite how easily convenient these programs are, few families take advantage of them. According to a study by the National Alliance of Caregiving and AARP, only 12 percent of family caregivers utilize respite care. Some caregivers are unaware of respite care, and others may feel guilty turning a loved one’s care over to someone else. But experts say that routine use of respite services can make a family member a better caregiver, because they have time to rest and take care of their own health.
Respite guests enjoy the same support and amenities as long-term residents of the community do:
If it sounds like respite is an option you’d like to pursue, here are a few tips for discussing the idea with your senior family member.
Talking With a Senior About Respite Care
Respite Care at Sunrise
Sunrise Senior Living communities across the country offer respite care. These short-term stays are a popular service with older adults and their families. Call (888) 434-4648 today to learn more about respite care at a Sunrise community near you!