Summer Respite for Michigan Seniors

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Respite for a Loved One This Summer

Now that spring has arrived, many Michigan caregivers may be making plans to take a summer road trip after the children are out of school. If you care for an aging loved one, however, the idea of leaving town for a summer vacation may cause anxiety. It can be especially concerning if your senior loved one lives alone and counts on you for transportation, grocery shopping and support with other activities of daily living. One solution to consider is respite care.

What is Respite Care?

For seniors who aren’t able to be independent at home without the support of a loved one, respite provides a safe solution. It is a short-term stay in an assisted living community or nursing care center. Respite gives seniors the chance to enjoy all of the support and amenities that permanent residents of the community have. Those services typically include well-balanced meals in a dining room setting, a full calendar of life enrichment events and activities, and the benefit of having the chance to socialize with other residents.

Adult children gain peace of mind knowing experienced staff is nearby to support their loved one with the tasks they typically help them with including bathing, grooming, medication assistance and more.

One suggestion we can offer to families that can help decrease the anxiety you and your senior loved one might feel about using respite is to visit the community beforehand. Most assisted living communities are happy to have you join them for an activity or for a meal. The staff can introduce your loved one to other residents who have similar backgrounds and interests. If the respite suite is open when you visit, the staff can show you where your senior family member will stay.

If you would like more information on respite care for a senior in Michigan, please call the community closest to you. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have.