Respite Care Services at Marina Isle
At Marina Isle, we care for our local elderly in many capacities. Although our primary purpose is an assisted living facility for our full-time residents at our waterfront facility, we also offer respite services and senior care services. To find out how we can help you and your loved one, contact us today.
Respite Care Services in Sanford
Respite care services are those that offer a break for full-time caregivers. At Marina Isle, we know that many families choose to care for their elderly loved ones in their homes, rather than move them to an assisted living facility. If your family is in the position to be able to do this, we support you wholeheartedly, but it is important to understand that all caregivers need a break — you are only human! Many caregivers, especially family members, feel guilty for taking time off or feel like seeking help would make their elderly family members feel like a burden, but we are here to tell you that just isn’t true!
Respite care services are important not only for caregivers, but also for their elderly loved ones. It is true, no one can ever love your loved one the way that you do. However, social interaction and a change of scenery are beneficial to mental and physical health. If you are like most caregivers, you have a family at home, a job, and other things on your plate in addition to caring for your family member. Additionally, most family caregivers care for their elderly loved ones without compensation. At some point, you’ll need a break. To have coffee with friends, to take a family vacation, or to attend your own medical appointments. The great thing about respite care services is you can use them as you need, for several hours to several weeks, or you can schedule an afternoon each week.
Respite services allow you to have someone else take over your caregiving duties, temporarily, to care for your elderly loved one in your absence. At Marina Isle, we include your loved one in with our activities and outings the same as if they were a full-time member of our assisted living community. Our visiting seniors love the social engagement and ability-appropriate outings, which can be just as much a reprieve for them as it is for you! All of our staff are trained and skilled to assist with ADLs, toileting, mobility, and feeding, so your loved one is in great hands. Contact us to see what we can do for you and your loved one.
Benefits of Respite Care
As we mentioned above, respite care services are beneficial to both the caretaker and the elderly loved one they care for. We don’t want you to just take our word for it, so here are just a few of the benefits of using respite care services.
Improves Mood and Reduces Social Isolation
Caring for another person is a full-time job, and one that most people do willingly and lovingly. However, this full-time task of focusing on the health and wellbeing of another person can detract from the needs of self. Respite care, whether used intermittently for just a few hours of unaccompanied errand running, or monthly for a self-care weekend, offers both parties a change of scenery and a chance to interact with others. Taking some downtime can lighten the caretaker’s and the elderly loved one’s mood, as well as offer some much needed social interaction with others.
At Marina Isle, we offer our respite guests the same activities and outings we do our full-time assisted living residents. From card games with other residents to ice cream socials in downtown Sanford, our clients get all the social interaction they need to boost their moods and prevent social isolation. Caretakers can rest easy knowing their loved one is well cared for in their absence.
Offers Assistance and Support
Many family caretakers are not trained in caring for their loved ones and simply jump in where they are needed. The untrained caretaker does the best they can out of love. Using respite services offers the support and education that can help reinforce good habits and identify areas of weakness. Additionally, since respite services are offered by trained professionals, they can often identify subtle signs and symptoms of conditions that should be addressed before they escalate. Respite care staff can help caretakers feel like they have a support network and remind them that it takes a village to care for their loved ones.
At Marina Isle, we are happy to be your village. Whether you prefer respite services as needed or are interested in enrolling your loved one in our senior care services, our staff are happy to offer your loved one the same great care we offer our full-time assisted living residents.
Prevents Caregiver Fatigue
As we have alluded to, being a full-time caregiver is a full-time job, one that can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Caregivers can become burnt out and empathy may begin to wane. This creates a bad situation for both the caregiver and their loved one they are caring for. Caregiver fatigue results in poor care delivered and even resentment of the loved one being cared for. To prevent this, it is important for caregivers to have some time to care for themselves and some downtime to replenish their empathy. Some signs of caregiver fatigue include:
- Feeling resentful
- Feeling tired or run down
- Overreacting to minor irritants
- Health concerns
- Engaging in bad habits — smoking, drinking, not eating or overeating
- Neglecting responsibilities
- Changes in personal hygiene
- Reduction in hobby participation
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
Respite care services allow for caregivers to have the opportunity to recharge and care for themselves to reduce caregiver fatigue or burnout.
At Marina Isle, our respite care services are flexible and we can work with you to create a schedule that works for you and your loved one. We consider caregivers our most valuable resources and important patients. Let us care for your loved one for a while so you can care for you.
To learn more about our respite care services, contact us today.