Caregivers are often overlooked and underappreciated for the day-in and day-out work they do in caring for ailing and aging seniors. The toll this daily effort can take on the caregiver’s physical and emotional health can be taxing. When we spend our days taking care of those we love, we tend to ignore our own health and care needs. Respite care is short-term care intended to give caregivers a rest from their daily duties, allowing them time to relax and recharge.
While respite care offers many benefits to caregivers, it can be just as beneficial to those being taken care of. Respite care not only offers a break to caregivers, but it also gives seniors the opportunity for social engagement and a switch in routine – making respite care a win-win for both caregivers and their senior family members or friends.
How Caregivers Benefit
Time to Relax and Renew
Caring for a senior family member or friend may not feel like a burden to a caregiver, after all, they’re taking care of someone they love, but it can bring on unintended side effects such as stress and exhaustion. These side effects can take a physical and emotional toll on the caregiver, putting their health in jeopardy. Respite care allows caregivers time to relax and renew. Taking time for themselves to reset can help prevent burnout and allow them to come back with a renewed sense of peace and love for helping.
Time to Re-energize
The exhaustive practice of caring for someone round the clock can leave caregivers feeling drained. Taking time to do something they enjoy but often don’t have time for, such as spending time hiking or biking, or going to the spa, can help them re-energize. Taking time to re-energize can help caregivers come back to their duties with a fresh start.
Sense of Self
When the focus is on another person a majority of the time, caregivers can often forget who they are independent of this person. Taking time to remember and do the things they enjoy allows caregivers to get back to the root of who they are. This “me time” is important in helping caregivers maintain their individual identity and sense of self.
Tension can build when a caregiver feels overworked and undervalued. Taking time away from their daily routine can help caregivers gain perspective and remember why they signed up for taking care of their friend or family member in the first place.
How Seniors Benefit
Often times those being cared for are isolated from independent, social engagement. This isolation can affect their mental and emotional health. Respite care offers seniors the opportunity to interact with new people and places, engaging them in conversation and activities that increase their mental stimulation. The joy and curiosity they encounter in meeting new people can help them connect and feel alive.
Shake Up Routine
Routine can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, causing us to slowly slip into a physical slump and mental stagnation. Respite care offers a break in this routine, re-engaging the mind and offering a time of newness and excitement. By changing a senior’s routine through respite care, caregivers give their seniors a change of pace and new people and places to explore.
Feel Less of a Burden
Watching the toll being taken care of can have on a caregiver is often hard for a senior to witness. The strain that can be put on a caregiver from the daily effort of taking care of their senior friend or family member can make that senior feel like a burden. Knowing their caregivers are taking time for themselves can help relieve seniors of this feeling.
Reenergize with Surpass Senior Living Communities
As we come upon the busy holiday season, schedules can overflow with shopping, parties and traveling. During this time, the respite care team at Surpass Senior Living communities can offer a safe, engaging and welcoming environment for your senior friend or family member. Surpass Living offers unique respite care options for you and your senior family member or friend. Take the time you need to refresh and re-engage with the world around you, all while knowing your family member or friend is being taken care of at Surpass Senior Living communities. If respite care sounds like something you’d like to explore, contact us to learn more.