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Caregivers Need a Break Too: Respite Care Services for Seniors

As the population ages, the saying "It takes a village to raise a child," should be amended to "It takes a village to care for our senior population." In a 2015 study, an estimated 34 million adults in the United States provide unpaid care to an adult over age 50, often spending an average of 24 hours a week providing care. If a spouse is caring for a partner, that time spent can increase to 41 or more hours of care a week. And - it's tough. If you are faced with an aging relative who can no longer take care of him/herself, you're not alone in feeling overwhelmed and tired.

Caring for those we love can be a strain mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. Often we want to look after a family member but are ill-equipped for the constant need to provide care each day. Between work, responsibilities with church or civic organizations, and spending time with grown children and grandchildren, today's average caregiver is at her wit's end. Yes, I said "her" wit's end. Today's average primary caregiver is female, age 49, and has cared for a relative for four or more years.

Just like a mother with small children needs a break from the demanding needs of motherhood, sometimes adult caregivers need moments for self-care too. There are options for providing caregivers a break to mentally and physically refresh from their duties including respite care.

What is Respite Care?

Respite care provides a much-needed breather by having other qualified individuals provide care on a short-term basis. As more and more baby boomers become responsible for the care of their aging parents, respite care has increased to support and help caregivers. Many of these family conversations take place around the holidays. Other times, conversations time place before a caregiver is going on a vacation.

So, If the person needs minor assistance like bathing, dressing, and reminders to take medications, an assisted living community will be the best choice. An assisted living community is often composed of seniors who can independently ambulate and may need little to some assistance with daily activities. Respite care in an assisted living community is typically for one month or more. Seniors find a respite care stay is an excellent way to try out assisted living before making a permanent move.

Most noteworthy, Sanders Glen Assisted Living respite care residents receive the same compassionate care and services that all residents receive including chef-prepared meals, housekeeping, daily activities and exercise, emergency alert system, transportation to medical appointments, and care from our 24/7 team.

Let us be your village. Caregivers who are interested in respite care services for a loved one are encouraged to contact Sanders Glen Assisted Living. Learn more by calling Sanders Glen Assisted Living in Westfield, Indiana, at (317) 867-0212.