Respite Care Alternatives
A caregiver plays an essential role in their loved one’s journey through Alzheimer’s disease and as they age more broadly. They help their loved one maintain the maximum level of independence possible for them while ensuring they are comfortable, safe, and healthy. However, caregiving can be demanding and time-consuming.
Caregivers may benefit from seeking respite from time to time, allowing them to recharge their batteries, focus on other responsibilities, and come back with renewed enthusiasm.
At Town Square Jersey Shore, we’re committed to helping seniors with or without Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, and their families and caregivers, with the best in adult day care. This care is backed by an innovative model that includes reminiscence therapy to support better memory and holistic health.
Why is respite care important?
Respite care gives carers and the person they care for a temporary break from their lives together. Allowing someone else to do the caring for an organized period of time benefits both parties.
Carers may become physically and emotionally tired. They may wish to attend an event, take a vacation, or simply rest for a few hours or days. Respite care affords them this free time while offering peace of mind knowing their loved one is safe.
For the person who is cared for, respite care offers a break from day-to-day life. It is an opportunity to socialize and reengage with friends, enjoy a change of scenery, or participate in fun and educational activities.
What are some examples of times caregivers will need respite?
Caregivers may need respite for many different reasons, including the following:
- They are drained or burned out from their responsibilities and need time off to recharge.
- They have an upcoming event – such as a wedding or their child’s graduation, for example – that they wish to attend.
- They are going on vacation.
- They are conducting a renovation to cater to their aging loved one’s changing needs and feel that their loved one may prefer to stay somewhere quieter while the work is completed.
- They are returning to work part- or full-time.
Why is self-care important for caregivers?
Caregivers shouldn’t feel they have to sacrifice all of their time to care for their loved ones. They shouldn’t have to give up their hobbies or career, spend less time with other family members, or provide care when they are feeling drained and unmotivated. When caregivers choose to utilize respite care in order to keep themselves physically and mentally healthy, this is better for everyone.
Respite care gives caregivers the space and time required to engage in self-care, so they can provide the best possible care for their loved ones. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
What are some ways of providing respite care?
There are many different types of respite care available, including in-home respite, overnight or weekend respite, residential respite care, and center-based or adult day care respite. Town Square is proud to partner with Senior Helpers, a top nationwide name in in-home care for senior citizens. We were founded by dementia care experts from Senior Helpers, and this partnership helps us offer our members and their primary caregivers respite care both at our center and at home.
For those looking for a flexible form of respite care, Town Square’s dedicated adult day care program is a fantastic alternative that offers a safe, engaging, and fun experience for seniors, particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease. Members are welcome for as many or as few days as needed during the week. In addition, we have dementia-trained staff on-site, so you can take respite without worry.