Need a Vacation but Need Care for Mom or Dad?

If you are the primary caregiver for mom or dad, you might have crossed vacations off your summer plans because you’re unsure who could properly care for them while you’re gone. If this sounds like your current situation, we would like to open your world to a program called Respite Care at UMC the Shores. In this article, our respite caregivers in South Jersey will review what this senior care option entails in our assisted living community.

What is Respite Care?

To say it simply, respite care is when you drop mom or dad off at our shoreside community for a little vacation of their own! Our respite residents receive personalized care from professional caregivers in a safe and nurturing environment. Upon arrival, each respite care plan is customized to each individual’s needs. Respite residents also enjoy the perks of weekly housekeeping, delicious meals, transportation assistance, and group activities with full-time residents. Opting for a respite care program while you’re on vacation is the best way to ease your mind because you’ll know your loved one is safe with us. You’ll have no need to worry if mom’s neighbor checked in on time or if they will read your care instructions. At UMC the Shores, your loved one is in a safe community, surrounded by dedicated, trained professionals that will ensure their health, safety and enjoyment at all times.

A Vacation of Their Own

Earlier, we mentioned that when you choose respite care for your loved one, they are getting their own vacation. We welcome respite residents and encourage them to use all of our onsite amenities and participate in all activities! Your loved one will get to spend their days enjoying the company of peers who share the same interests! Whether it’s sewing, arts and crafts, gardening, dancing, or something else entirely, we are confident that our independent lifestyle community has a class or club that your loved one will enjoy.

Being a caregiver for your loved one isn’t for the faint of heart, and while you need a break from the day-to-day to reset, so does your loved one! While they appreciate everything you’re doing for them, a little break from you will do them some good as well. Taking this time apart allows everyone to come home with a little R&R (rest, and relaxation) and a newfound appreciation for one another.

A Sneak Peak into Independent or Assisted Living

One of the best advantages of respite care is that, more often than not, your loved one doesn’t want to leave! Our respite residents get to have an insider view of independent and assisted living without the commitment, and it opens their eyes to everything they are missing out by remaining at home. As expected, most seniors don’t want to leave their homes and don’t like the idea of “losing their independence” by moving into a senior living community. The thing is, when they have the opportunity to actually experience life in our community, they realize how much more independent it allows them to be. They can meet with friends right outside their door, they can enjoy meals and activities together, and they won’t have to worry about the mundane chores like cleaning, cooking and keeping up with prescriptions. At The Shores, all residents have access to transportation, housekeeping, and the support they need, when they need it.

Respite Care in South Jersey

As you can see, respite care is really the best of both worlds whether you’re a caregiver looking to take a vacation or a senior looking to have a little getaway of your own. It’s also a great opportunity for seniors to take community living for a spin! As a respite resident at UMC, you can take advantage of all the perks of assisted living without the full-time commitment.

If you would like to learn more about our senior living community in South Jersey, or our respite care program, visit our website at: https://umcommunities.org/theshores/

This blog was originally published at https://umcommunities.org/theshores/blog/need-a-vacation-but-need-care-for-mom-or-dad/

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