Understanding the Benefits of a Respite Stay

Mary Ferguson

Mary Ferguson

Mary is the Director of Sales & Community Relations at the Birches Assisted Living and Memory Care Community. With more than two decades of senior care experience, Mary has helped seniors, family members, and friends navigate senior living options. She is just as comfortable talking to families about Memory Care and Assisted Living as she is to sitting down and paint with our residents. Mary was instrumental in starting the Dementia Friendly of Westmont.

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Older adults are at an increased risk of loneliness and social isolation because seniors are more likely to face factors such as living alone, losing a loved one, illness, family not living close by, and loss of driving. 

A planned respite stay in an assisted living facility offers numerous benefits for your senior family member. It is an excellent opportunity for them to engage and socialize with their peers. Many would welcome the chance to meet new people, participate in various activities and programs, and have someone else make meals and do the housekeeping. In addition, there is peace of mind knowing that someone is always around just in case you need something.

Respite stays provide a chance to "try out" the assisted living lifestyle without the fear of commitment. This can make the eventual move to an assisted living community a much easier transition. 

How Assisted Living Facilities Handle Respite Stays 

In general, assisted living facilities provide options for short-term stays that can range in length from one month to several months. Respite-stay residents typically have access to the activities, programs, and amenities that long-term residents enjoy. 

These include assistance with medication, housekeeping, and laundry services. Respite-stay residents have access to three meals a day and, if needed, furnished suites. The staff's efforts are focused on helping residents with daily mental, physical, and social engagement. 

Professional Assistance

A respite stay is the kind of help that can bring relief during a stressful period in a caregiver's personal life. It can offer professional assistance during a difficult period in an aging family member's care and become a starting point for their acceptance of moving toward a long-term plan with an assisted living community. 

Caregiving is a very stressful job, and sometimes you need some time to recharge your batteries and catch your breath. Respite stays at assisted living facilities offer you the short-term opportunity to take a break, whether it is as simple as getting back a small part of the life you may have given up to provide care or a chance to do things that make you happy.

With over two decades of senior-living experience, we can provide more information and insights to help you make an informed decision about whether a respite stay is suitable for your loved one.