Respite Care as an Assisted Living Trial
BY KURT SAPP, ADMINISTRATOR, SEMINOLE SHORES LIVING CENTER, NORTON SHORES
How to Try an Assisted Living Community Before Moving
Families don’t always realize there is an option to consider if a senior loved one is hesitant about moving to assisted living. Designed to give caregivers a break, respite care allows older adults to stay at a community for a few weeks or months. Some families even take advantage of respite programs regularly until the senior is ready to make a permanent move.
What Is Respite Care? Respite care was originally intended to offer support and peace of mind to family caregivers. When a spouse or adult child needs a break, assisted living community respite programs provide the senior with a safe place to stay. Depending on state regulations, respite guests can usually remain at an assisted living community for a few days or several months.
Despite the benefits of respite, few families are aware of or take advantage of it. According to a study by the National Alliance of Caregiving and AARP, only 12 percent of family caregivers utilize these services. Many times, guilt keeps families from taking a much-needed break. However, experts say routine use of respite services can make a family member a better caregiver because they have time to rest and take care of their own health.
What’s Included in Respite Services? Respite guests enjoy the same support and amenities as long-term residents:
• A furnished, private living space or suite
• Well-balanced meals and snacks
• 24/7 caregiver support
• Medication management assistance
• Community activities
• Emergency call systems to summon help, if needed
Your loved one might feel more comfortable moving if he/she is going to a familiar community. The staff can also take extra steps to make the stay more meaningful. They can introduce your loved one to residents with whom they share common interests or get involved in activities.
Respite Care at Heritage Senior Communities. At Seminole Shores Assisted Living, a Heritage Senior Community, we are proud to offer respite care intended to provide support to the caregiver and the older adult. Whether a weekend, a few weeks, or a winter season, let us care for your loved one while you take the time to care for yourself. Call today for more information (231) 780-2944.
Seminole Shores Assisted Living Center, located in Norton Shores, Michigan, gives seniors the opportunity to be independent while knowing that assistance is available to serve them whenever they need it. The center offers housekeeping, laundry, medication management, 24 hour care, three home-cooked meals a day and a full activity and event program. A pet-friendly community, Seminole Shores Assisted Living Center is owned and operated by Heritage Property Management Inc., located in Grand Haven, Michigan. Heritage Property Management Inc. is a family-owned company that operates nine assisted living homes and five independent living homes across the state of Michigan. Learn more at seminoleshoresalc.com and call (231) 780-2944 for a tour.