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What Are Reasons Someone Would Need Respite Care?

Nurse talks to seniors about reasons for respite care

Caring for seniors who need round-the-clock assistance can be taxing on caregivers. One of the main reasons for respite care is to give caregivers time off to take care of personal errands, vacations, or to recover from surgery or an illness. Seniors will continue to receive quality care from professional nurses and therapists in a comfortable environment. During respite care, seniors have access to socializing opportunities to keep them occupied.

At Baptist Retirement Community, we provide professional respite care services for seniors who need daily support in our senior living community. Our team has years of experience working with seniors who need help with daily living activities. We also treat seniors who need physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as dementia care and other vital services. Seniors will also have access to our community center and courtyards for socializing and fun events. Plus, meal plans that take into account any dietary or medical restrictions. To learn more about our senior respite care services, call 325.313.7931 today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.

Giving a Break for Caregivers

Caring for seniors can be very taxing on professional caregivers and families who provide assistance. Families who are for their parents in between a regular job and other personal responsibilities can easily become overwhelmed. They sometimes need to take time off. If they don’t, they risk making a mistake in their care, like not giving the right dosage of necessary medication.

Professional caregivers understand the physical and mental hardships of caring for others but still need to take time off for themselves, just like with any full-time job. Caregivers who are mentally tired or overworked are more likely to make mistakes that can be life-threatening. According to the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP), 36% of family caregivers report feeling high-stress levels due to the care they provide. If they don’t take time off for themselves and reduce stress levels, it greatly increases the risk of developing depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.

At Baptist Retirement Community, our community is the perfect place for seniors to stay and get the care they need while giving a break for caregivers. We will sit down with you and your caregiver to discuss the type of care necessary and the other services and amenities we offer to enhance your stay.

What Are the Reasons for Respite Care?

There are several non-medical respite care reasons that seniors should consider when thinking about joining a senior living community. In addition to providing quality medical care and help with daily living activities, there are other reasons for this beneficial service:

  • More therapy options – Seniors who are less active still need to get up and move to keep muscles from tightening and weakening. In addition to occupational and speech therapy, physical therapists can work with seniors to improve strength, balance, and coordination.
  • Socialize with others – Having an active social life benefits seniors, especially if they live alone and driving is unsafe. During their stay, seniors can enjoy all of the social activities the center provides in a safe a secure community center.
  • 24/7 professional staff – Senior living communities hire experienced RNs, therapists, and medical and support staff to care for their residents. They have experience treating several common conditions seniors face and stay current with licensing and certifications.

There are many reasons for respite care for seniors and their caregivers. It gives seniors a chance to see what life is like in a senior community, which can make the decision to move much easier when the time comes.

Baptist Retirement Community Offers Senior Respite Care Services

Baptist Retirement Community in San Angelo is available for seniors who need temporary accommodations while their caregiver is unavailable. There are several reasons for respite care, including needing to run errands on specific days of the week, taking a much-deserved vacation, or needing to take care of their mental or physical health. We have respite care services available for daily assistance or for several days at a time. In addition to respite care services, we also offer San Angelo residents the following:

  • Independent and assisted living programs
  • Short and long-term rehabilitation
  • Long-term skilled nursing care
  • Memory care services

If you need respite care services to give a caregiver time off, call 325.313.7931 today to schedule a tour and meet our friendly team.