The holidays are usually a time to get together with extended family. Baking cookies, hosting an extravagant holiday dinner, and exchanging presents with one another are some of the most common holiday traditions. However, the holidays can also be the best time to get away! What’s a better Christmas gift than going on vacation to experience a little peace and quiet? This is also a great opportunity to recharge, especially if you are the primary caregiver to your elderly parents. If you are planning a self-care trip for the holidays and are worried about who will watch over Mom or Dad, consider our respite care services in Gloucester County. Here we will discuss the top advantages of respite care at our independent lifestyle community in Pitman, NJ.
Compassionate respite care in Pitman, NJ
No matter how long your parents stay, all of our residents in respite care have direct access to hotel-like amenities, medical professionals, monthly activities, and group outings – just to name a few of the many services available. Your senior loved one can enjoy the comforts of home and professional, compassionate care during the holidays with amenities like:
- Personal assistance with ADLs (activities of daily living) including getting dressed for the day, medication management, and running errands.
- Fully furnished apartments with everything residents need to kick back and relax.
- Licensed nurses, therapists, and caregivers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to fully monitor health status if needed
- Nutritious home-cooked meals that can easily be modified to accommodate low-carb, low-sugar, and low-fat preferences.
- Holiday related activities and special events to get into the spirit!
- Visitation is always encouraged from extended family members during the holiday season.
Why respite is even more necessary for full-time caregivers
Most senior caregivers have heard of or experienced the dreaded “caregiver burnout.” For those who may be unfamiliar, caregiver burnout refers to the complete physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion that can happen to a caregiver if they overexert their energy. It’s important to realize that while this is the most wonderful time of the year for most, the holidays tend to be a major catalyst for burnout. This is because full-time caregivers of seniors usually have their own children to prepare and provide for over the holiday season. It can be extremely stressful to balance the full-time care of an older adult with holiday-related tasks like buying gifts, hosting a dinner, or having extended family who lives out-of-town sleepovers until New Year’s Eve.
A vacation is not only encouraged for senior caregivers but can be especially necessary during the holidays. As the saying goes, you “can’t pour from an empty cup,” so taking the time for proper self-care, rest, and relaxation is the best way for full-time caregivers to do their job to the best of their ability. You will return in the New Year, refreshed and ready to provide your mom or dad with the most compassionate care.
Respite Care is Like an Assisted Living Tryout!
For many families, putting a loved one in respite care has the added benefit of allowing them to see if they like staying in a senior community with others of similar age and care needs. Indeed, we have found that a significant number of respite care residents ultimately choose to stay full-time in our community. Especially after they’ve had the chance to make new friends, discover new pastimes and relax knowing their care is monitored at all times. Before making any long-term commitments, we encourage you and your loved one to come to tour our senior community at Pitman. Our team of associates is standing by and ready to answer any questions you may have about assisted living in beautiful Pitman, New Jersey in the heart of Gloucester County.
For more information about respite care for seniors in Pitman NJ, please call us today or visit our website at: https://umcommunities.org/pitman/
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