Respite Care: A Way for Caregivers to Get Rest & Relaxation

Being a caregiver doesn’t always happen by choice and it is an often difficult job. Respite care is a short-term stay at an Assisted Living or Enriched Housing Senior Living Community that provides you with peace of mind as you temporarily step out of your caregiver role.

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Why should you take advantage of respite care?

Burnout. Caregiving is both physically and mentally exhausting. It often ends up being a 24-hour job that can quickly take a toll on the family member who has taken on care duties. The daily tasks often become some time consuming and stressful that the caretaker no longer has time for their own daily routine chores, and health. Many aspects of caregiving such as social isolation can lead to depression and other health issues that may render the caregiver unable to do their duties.

A well-deserved break. Caregiving is sometimes a thankless job and many caregivers feel guilty taking time to care for themselves. If a caretaker wants to take a break or go on vacation, the person they are caring for still needs caretaking services. Oftentimes there isn’t someone available or willing to take over the caregiver’s duties in their absence. Since leaving the senior to fend for themselves is not an option, respite care is the perfect solution.

It’s beneficial for your loved one too. They probably don’t get to socialize much or enjoy activities they’re interested in. At respite care, not only will they enjoy the same amenities as long-term residents, but it is also an opportunity to see if a community is a good fit should they need long-term care in the future.

How do I know which facility is the right place for respite care?

Tour the community before you schedule your loved one’s stay for respite care. Bring a list of any specific skills or training the caregivers may need while you’re away. At the Terraces, respite care residents have access to all the same amenities as long-term residents such as housekeeping, assistance with bathing, dressing and medication management; 24-hour security and more.

Welcoming and Secure Respite Care in the Capital District

Visit the Terraces across the Albany area including locations in East Greenbush, Niskayuna, Slingerlands, Troy, and Queensbury to see our respite care communities. Your loved one will enjoy a private apartment, nutritious meals, and activities that match their abilities and needs.

Contact us for more information or to schedule a tour of our communities.

For a limited time, many of our Terrace communities are offering a special on respite care – Buy two weeks and get the third week free!