Navigating and Understanding Respite Care Services

Posted on December 1, 2019

With the trend of informal caregiving growing at a rapid pace, it is important for caregivers and families to understand respite care services and what theycan offer to avoid developing caregiver burnout It can be easy to forget about yourself and your health as you become a caregiver for a loved one. However, this can result in lower quality of care and adverse health effects.

We understand that being a caregiver to a loved one can be rewarding, but we also know that it can be demanding and stressful. Respite care solutions, like those offered at The Pavilion Senior Living, can be the solution to avoiding caregiver burnout and providing the senior in your life the benefits of experiencing a senior living community.

Impact of Caregiver Burnout

Though you may be a caregiver for a loved one, you may be unaware of caregiver burnout and its effects. The Cleveland Clinic states that caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. Caregiver burnout occurs when an informal caregiver becomes overwhelmed with their responsibilities and may begin to experience adverse health side effects. If you are developing caregiver burnout, you may demonstrate the following signs:

  • Increased irritability
  • Sleep pattern changes
  • Physical and emotional exhaustion
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Feelings of helplessness and depression

Experiencing these symptoms can result in overworking yourself and may also cause a weakened immune system, putting you at risk of developing an illness. In a major study by AARP, nearly half of all caregivers rate their responsibilities as highly stressful, with 40% of those rating it as a four or five on a five-point scale.

The study also states that caregiver burnout risk increases as the caregiving process goes on. One possible conclusion for experiencing burnout is due to the caregiver neglecting themselves, or when the caregiver feels as if the responsibilities were forced onto them with no say or choice in the matter.

Respite Care:Benefits for the Caregiver

Respite care services are a form of short-term senior care offered by senior living organizations, including The Pavilion Senior Living. These services can provide much-needed rest for a caregiver experiencing burnout, or for those who may need time to recover from an illness or travel. Respite care services can be provided to seniors who need assistance with the activities of daily living, such as mobility assistance, personal hygiene assistance, and/or toileting.

Respite Care: Benefits for the Senior

Respite care services are a fantastic short-term care option that doesn’t only benefit a caregiver; it also helps the recipient of care. These senior care services can place your loved one in a senior living community, allowing them to fully experience the services and amenities offered. At The Pavilion Senior Living, we refer to this as our Guestpitality Program. It is an excellent opportunity to try-out what life is like at The Pavilion!

Respite care services can place you and your loved one in a better frame of health and a brighter state of mind. At The Pavilion Senior Living, our services can provide your loved one with highly skilled and compassionate caregivers, delicious and nutritious meals, engaging activities, access to our community amenities, and assistance with activities of daily living. If you are interested in The Pavilion Senior Living’s respite care services or would like more information, we encourage you to contact one of our experts!