Senior Living Resources
Respite Care for Vacationing Family Caregivers
July 20, 2015
If you are a family caregiver for an Indiana senior loved one, taking a summer vacation might not seem very realistic. It may be especially difficult if heading out of town requires you to leave your aging family member alone in their home. Worrying about their safety while you are gone may make it impossible for you to relax and enjoy your vacation.
Respite care services may be just the solution you need. They offer safety and security for your senior loved one and peace of mind for the weary caregiver.
Respite Care for Older Adults in Indiana
Respite care is a short-term solution for seniors and for adults living with a disability. It allows an older adult to temporarily stay in an assisted living community or a nursing care center while the family caregiver goes on vacation or takes a break from the around the clock demands of caregiving. From medication management to personal care, a respite stay provides seniors with the support and care they need when you can’t be there to help.
An older adult who takes advantage of respite care will have access to the same supportive services and amenities that a permanent resident of the community has. In most senior living communities those services include three well-balanced meals each day, a full calendar of life enrichment activities to join, housekeeping, laundry and help with personal care.
Short-term Respite Care Stays
Most senior living communities allow respite guests to stay for a few days or weeks or for as long as one month. Another benefit is that older adults can use a respite stay as a trial to see if they would like to make a permanent move to the community.
To make sure the respite stay goes smoothly for everyone, try to visit the community with your senior loved one before you leave for vacation. An in-person visit will allow the staff an opportunity to get to know your older family member and to introduce them to other residents. That will help them feel a little more confident before they arrive to stay for a while.
How to Arrange for Respite Care in Indiana
To learn more about respite care in the Hoosier state, we invite you to call the Five Star Senior Living community nearest you. One of our team members will walk you through what documents are required and offer suggestions on what to pack for your loved one’s short-term stay.