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Why Respite Care in Assisted Living is Important

Respite stays in assisted living facilities are unfortunately unheard of. That is a devastating fact for those who are full time caregivers. Respite stays play a crucial role in providing temporary relief and support for both caregivers and seniors. Here at Bel Aire Senior Living we provide respite care. Here are some key points highlighting the importance of a respite stays and what it is. 

What is a Respite stay?

A respite stay is a 1-14 day stay for seniors at an assisted living facility. They provide caregivers a much needed break from their caregiving responsibilities. Caring for a senior can be physically and emotionally demanding, and respite care allows caregivers to recharge, preventing burnout and maintaining their own well-being. During the stay they would be treated just as a regular resident. They join us for meals, activities, and have their own room as well as nursing assistants at their side whenever needed. 

Why Would I Need To Try Out a Respite Stay?

There are many reasons why respite stays can be found useful. Sometimes there are things in life that can’t be put on hold. For example, big surgeries. Most surgeries require time to heal. That is something that would be hard to do while attempting to care for someone else’s needs as well as your own. There are other situations where the caregiver could be needed in another state or far across town and you can’t leave your senior alone. Or maybe it’s just as simple as a needed break from caregiving. The possibilities of needing a respite stay are almost endless. 

Trial Period for Seniors

This is a very important option for those that are shopping around for an assisted living facility for their senior. Respite stays also serve as a trial period for seniors who may be considering assisted living as a long-term option. It gives them the chance to experience the community, amenities,  and services offered without committing to a permanent move. We have found that when a respite is able to explore the facility and get a taste of what living here would look like, they are a lot more comfortable here if they chose to move in.  

Peace of Mind

Knowing that their loved ones are receiving quality care in a supportive environment can provide caregivers with peace of mind during their temporary absence. This peace of mind contributes to overall family well-being. We applaud all of those who care for the elderly in their homes. We know the task isn’t always easy and sacrifices are made. That is why we try to accommodate your needs as a caregiver and make sure your loved one is taken care of. When you take care of yourself you are better able to take care of others.

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