Fall River Jewish Home

Respite Care: The Caregiver Summer Travel Solution

If you are a family caregiver for a Massachusetts senior loved one, a summer beach getaway may not seem possible. Especially if heading out of town means leaving your elderly loved one alone in their home. Worrying about their safety while you are away would likely keep you from being able to relax and enjoy your vacation.

Respite care can provide a solution. It offers safety and security for your loved one and peace of mind for you.

Understanding Respite Care for Older Adults

Respite care is a short-term solution for seniors and those living with a disability. They benefit from a stay in an assisted living or nursing care community while the family caregiver takes a break. Your senior loved one has access to the same services and amenities that permanent residents of the community enjoy. Those include nutritious meals served in the dining room, life enrichment activities, housecleaning assistance and more.

Professional caregiving staff is close by to lend a helping hand when it is needed. From medication management to personal care, a respite stay provides older adults with the support and care they need when you can’t be there to help.

Most senior living communities allow respite visitors to stay for a few days or weeks up to one month. Families can also use respite to “test drive” a senior living community an older loved one is considering for a permanent move.

To make the respite stay go more smoothly, you might want to consider bringing your senior loved one for a visit to the community before you leave for vacation. It will allow the staff an opportunity to get to know them and to introduce them to other residents.

How to Find Respite Care

If you live in the greater Boston area and would like to learn more about respite care, please call us at (508) 679-6172. One of our caring team members will be glad to help. If you live outside the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Respite Locator can help you find a respite care provider in your local community.

We’re here to answer questions and help you make the best decision for care for you or your loved one. We invite you to reach out and talk with one of our care specialists at Fall River Jewish Home today! CALL 1.508.679.6172, where assistance is just a phone call away.

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