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Take a Break with a Respite Care Short-Term Stays

Family caregivers welcome loved ones into their homes to ease their worries. On their own in an apartment, condo or other senior residence, a loved one may face changes in health and well-being alone. Becoming a caregiver in your own home can reduce your concerns about their needs and increase your confidence in their safety.

The caregiver’s role can be deeply rewarding – and challenging. You may find that tending to your family’s needs while taking care of your loved one intensifies the strain of responsibilities. And if you’re like many others, the situation is further complicated by having another job outside the home. Fortunately, there’s a way to provide your parent or other aging loved one the care they deserve while giving yourself the break you need – respite care. Respite care can be an effective way to manage caregiver burnout.

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The 4 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Anyone who regularly fulfills the responsibilities of caring for a loved one – even short term – has felt some kind of caregiver burnout. Frustrated, exhausted, overwhelmed – these are common feelings, and full-time, professional caregivers will tell you they occasionally deal with the same feelings. Unlike professionals who can go home at the end of the day, however, you can’t escape. Your caregiver job also includes your other adult responsibilities, possibly including raising a family, managing a household, meeting financial obligations and working a full-time job. No wonder you’re tired!

When is it caregiver burnout? You’ll know it when you feel:

  1. Exhausted. It sounds obvious, but many convince themselves to simply push through their exhaustion out of a sense of obligation. But that’s not sustainable, and sacrificing your sleep schedule and self-care for your loved one can be dangerous and counterproductive.
  2. Sick again. Stress and lack of sleep can take a serious toll on your health and increase the odds of getting sick. That’s bad enough, but then consider how your sickness can get your loved one sick too.
  3. Sad or angry. Your emotional and mental health matters. If you don’t have the time to relax and unwind, you won’t have time for happiness either. Your loved one will notice how you’re feeling and may suddenly try to reverse the caretaker role. Remember, your loved one loves you too.
  4. Neglected. You have the right to live your life. Feelings of guilt often experienced by caregivers originate within a self-deception – that when you’re not giving your all to your loved one, you believe you’re shirking your obligation. This isn’t true. You need – and deserve – time for your own life.

Fortunately, easing the strain of caregiver burnout isn’t particularly difficult, often beginning with your resolve. You can reset your schedule to include the time you need to sleep, exercise and take breaks. You can negotiate with siblings, cousins, spouse, family friends or another loved one to share caregiving responsibilities. And you can look to the support of respite care.

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Take Care of Yourself with Respite Care

Respite care – also commonly known as short-stay elder care or adult day care – gives you the latitude to do the things you want and need to do. Whether you’re heading for jury duty or going on vacation, you can rely on respite care to provide the qualified, compassionate support that your loved one needs.

How does it work? Simply contact a senior living community that offers respite care or adult day care, give them your information and set a time to have a personal consultation. These days, you can expect a health pre-screening to ensure the safety of current residents. A pre-screening will also give the respite care community a clear assessment of your loved one’s unique care needs. Typically, respite care serves seniors whose needs are consistent with the needs served in long-term assisted living or memory care – but respite offerings can vary widely.

Respite care is available whenever you need to take a break. It gives the whole family real peace of mind – but the perks of respite care aren’t just enjoyed by the senior’s family members. When an older adult enters a respite care center, many will greatly benefit from the chance to rest and recuperate, take advantage of amenities that enhance daily life, and befriend other residents and staff members.

Respite Care at Tiffany Springs: For You and Yours

Are you a caregiver who’s feeling exhausted, overwhelmed or frustrated? Respite care is here to help. At Tiffany Springs Senior Living Community, you’ll find a supportive, comforting, welcoming environment that ensures your loved one feels at ease. Plus, with the respected continuum of care services we provide – including assisted living and memory care, with resident-centered programs and 24/7 staff – you and your family can feel confident.

For more information about Kansas City’s Tiffany Springs Senior Living Community, call 816-621-3800 today.