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Senior Times - September 2018 The Importance
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Of Respite Care
By: Christi Losinski, Ganton Senior Communities
There are an unprecedented num- ber of unpaid caregivers providing assistance to their loved ones and that number continues to climb. This means that caregiver burnout is climbing at the same rate. When the majority of your attention is focused on taking care of someone else it’s very easy to forget that your needs, and the needs of your family, are equally as important. This
is where the burnout begins and it’s not only detrimental to you, but to your loved one as well.
Respite care can be provided in a variety of settings on a short-term basis. It allows caregivers to take a break and focus time on other areas of life that may need attention.
Respite care is designed to allevi- ate the stress that comes with being a caregiver.
Perhaps you have a vacation planned, need to introduce a loved one to senior living, or you simply need a break, respite is the answer and the key is to be as proac-
tive as possible.
scheduling coverage for a loved one’s respite care.
There are many options to choose from and you’ll be able to narrow your search based on the level of care your loved one needs. The process to arrange a respite stay is fairly simple. Typically an assessment will need to be done in order to ensure the community or insti- tution can meet your loved one’s needs and there is paperwork to be completed by a physician. Then when it’s time for the respite stay to begin all your loved one needs to bring is a suitcase with clothes and personal care items.
In addition to the caregiver benefits, respite has several advantages to those receiving care. It’s an opportunity for your loved one to meet new people, enjoy new experiences and activities, eat restaurant-quality food and receive the care needed in order to thrive. The goal is to provide peace of mind for
all involved and remove any feelings of guilt from the equation. Everyone deserves an occasional breather and
the old saying that, “absence makes the
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It can some- times be difficult to depend on another individual to provide care
in your absence and, often times, finding that type of coverage only adds to your stress level. It’s for this reason that an increasing number of people are turning to assisted living communities and institutions in order to remove the worry from
heart grow fonder” certainly applies. Most would tell you that, after try- ing a respite stay, the caregiver and their loved one both felt refreshed and often return for many “vacations” after.
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Ganton Senior Communities are committed
to providing an atmosphere that gives people the opportunity
to thrive. Our Battle Creek campus offers three vibrant communities where seniors can take advantage of services such as diverse life enrichment programs, restaurant quality meals, housekeeping and laundry services, assistance with activities of daily living and medication management. Staff is onsite 24/7 to assist residents in the comfort of their private apartments.
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Legal Advice &
Services for Seniors
By: Alisa Parker, Managing Attorney
The Legal Services of South Central Michigan-Battle Creek office will conduct interviews for legal advice and possible repre- sentation, without charge, to interested seniors.
• Wed, Sept 12, 10am-12pm, Burnside Senior Center, 65 Grahl, Coldwater.
• Mon, Sept 17, 11am-12pm, Sturgis Senior Center, 306 N. Franks Avenue, Sturgis.
• Wed, Sept 19, 11am-12pm, Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center, 13444 Preston Drive, Marshall.
Legal Services of South Central Michigan- Battle Creek office is a non-profit organiza- tion, which provides high quality legal assis- tance, representation, and education to seniors in St. Joseph, Branch, Calhoun, and Barry counties. For more information call (269) 965-3951.
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