Spring Break for Caregivers

Is it just us, or can spring not come soon enough? The winter season always seems to drag on longer than expected, and the feeling of wanting to escape to warmer, sunnier weather becomes even more solidified if you are the sole caregiver for a senior parent. Being cooped up indoors and attending to mom or dad’s every need could get exhausting if you don’t take a break once in a while. In this article, our team of respite caregivers in Gloucester County will highlight the benefits of senior caregiver breaks and why respite is the best option for your parent while you take some much-needed time away.

Break benefits for senior caregivers

Taking some time away may seem like a luxury, but regular breaks are vital to a caregiver’s wellbeing. Putting someone else’s needs ahead of your own is one of the greatest selfless acts one can do, but constantly choosing someone else over yourself day in and day out comes with consequences. Depression, anxiety, feeling lost, constant fatigue and extreme stress are just a few consequences of caregiver burnout that should not be taken lightly. Taking breaks from caregiving can prevent the mental health issues mentioned above, as well as improve your mental wellbeing. Taking that time for yourself can also provide clarity on how you provide care and help you develop new strategies to better manage your loved one’s needs. Most of all, taking breaks gives caregivers a chance to do something that makes them happy! Plan a few days away at the beach, take a morning yoga class, read the latest love story by Colleen Hoover, whatever your vice is – it is your time to prioritize YOU.

If you’re the primary caregiver for an older family member and you need some time to rest and recharge,  it’s time to look into respite care at a reputable independent lifestyle community with support like UMC at Pitman.

Benefits of respite care for seniors with UMC at Pitman

There’s no need to worry about whether or not your senior parents are in the right hands at Pitman. Our experienced team members are on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to address their wants and needs almost immediately. You can feel confident leaving your loved one in our care knowing that respite guests receive the same support, socialization, and amenities as full-time assisted living residents.

Some of the best advantages of respite care at UMC at Pitman include:

  • Assistance with personal care and hygiene, medication assistance, health monitoring, and more
  • Trained caregivers and licensed nurses available 24-hours a day for daily care and emergency assistance if needed
  • Fully furnished apartments that feel like home
  • Delicious home-cooked meals available throughout the day
  • Weekly housekeeping services to keep apartments clean and tidy
  • Daily activity programs that nurture mind, body and spirit, like yoga, gardening, book clubs, and dance.
  • Social events and outings to nearby landmarks like the Broadway Theatre of Pitman

Active respite care for seniors in Gloucester County, NJ

The more active seniors are, the better! Taking part in regular physical activity keeps seniors strong enough to complete daily tasks on their own, while maintaining independence. At UMC at Pitman, respite care entails many physical activities to keep seniors busy and active, such as group meditation, chair yoga, dancing, and other fun exercise programs. As mentioned above, our respite care residents also enjoy access to other care services, such as assistance with daily tasks, delicious dining options, and other events that are going on.

To learn more about the respite care services offered in Gloucester County, NJ, and how your loved one will transition to our community, please give us a call or visit our website at: https://umcommunities.org/pitman/

This blog was originally published at https://umcommunities.org/pitman/blog/spring-break-for-caregivers/

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