Assisted Living Respite Care for the Holidays
The holiday season often means travel. It might be to spend time with far away loved ones or to take a vacation while the kids are out of school. When you are the primary caregiver for a senior loved one, it can make traveling a bit more complicated. Families often find a respite care stay in an assisted living community to be the ideal solution.
Short-term Assisted Living Stays
A short-term respite stay can be a safe and convenient option when you can’t leave a senior loved one on their own. Most senior living communities welcome short-term visitors and have experience helping them quickly become acquainted with the amenities and services other permanent residents enjoy. They can receive support from professional caregivers with everything from bathing and dressing to medication management.
The holidays can be an especially eventful time for a respite stay. Assisted living communities usually have a full calendar of holiday events including carolers, community outings, cookie baking parties, and much more. Respite stay guests can participate in any of the activities that are of interest to them.
For caregivers, respite stays bring peace of mind. You can relax and enjoy your time away, knowing your loved one is in a safe and secure environment.
Respite Admission Criteria
Respite stay admission criteria vary by state and by community. As you make phone calls and visits to your local assisted living communities, be sure you are clear on what each one requires. Since the holidays can be a busy time for assisted living communities, it is best to book your loved one’s stay as far in advance as you can.
An Added Benefit of a Holiday Respite Stay
Having a loved one join in the holiday activities at an assisted living community can have the added benefit of giving the community a trial run. If your aging loved one has been reluctant to make a permanent move to a senior living community, this can be a non-threatening way to give it a try. They likely will be surprised at how much they enjoy themselves!
If you need help finding respite care for a Colorado senior loved one, please call us at (970) 204-6977. We know the local options and can help you find one that is the best fit for your loved one’s needs.