National Skilled Nursing Care Week

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It’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week, and at Senior Lifestyle we want to celebrate the dedicated, compassionate caregivers who staff each skilled nursing community and provide continued care to our residents. Established in 1967 by the American Health Care Association, this celebration honors the contributions of individuals who strive daily to create a unified senior living environment as vibrant and diverse as it is beneficial to the community at large.  

This year’s theme for National Skilled Nursing Care Week is “Celebrating Life’s Stories” and each of our skilled care communities will celebrate the stories of its residents, families and team members in a unique way. The theme aims to highlight the unique perspectives each person brings to the skilled nursing environment, as well as to foster engagement across generations by sharing those perspectives.  Mark Parkinson, AHCA President and CEO, notes, “We are proud to honor the unique stories of those in the long term and post-acute care communities.” He also shares, “This National Skilled Nursing Care Week, we hope centers and community members alike take the opportunity to join us in this celebration of life.” 

Senior Lifestyle is proud to provide exceptional care to our residents and their families at every level of care from independent living to skilled nursing in our communities. Whether you need short-term care following a hospital stay or long-term nursing supervision due to chronic health issues or disabilities, Senior Lifestyle’s skilled nursing communities will not just meet your needs—we’ll exceed your expectations. Our skilled nursing communities are equipped to provide individuals with 24-hour nursing needs, post-operative recuperation, or complex medical care demands, as well as to care for individuals with chronic health issues who can no longer live independently.  

Senior Lifestyle’s skilled nursing communities accept residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and work closely with hospitals to coordinate care. Prior to admission, our admissions team will work directly with the Social Worker or Discharge Planner at the hospital to obtain and review medical records to ensure the most appropriate program placement and preparation for new residents. 

At Senior Lifestyle, we celebrate the stories of every resident, family, and team member in our communities, knowing that each story is as unique as the person who shares it. Join us in celebrating National Skilled Nursing Care Week from May 13th through May 20th. Our communities look forward to “Sharing Life’s Stories” and we encourage you to learn more about a community in your area by visiting our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com. 

Nurse’s Week

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We’re celebrating National Nurses Week at Senior Lifestyle and we hope you’ll join us in honoring the men and women for whom caring is as much a calling as a profession. Nursing staff at each Senior Lifestyle community form a bond with residents, families and fellow team members that not only creates trust, but also fosters independence and encourages fulfilling lifestyles for those we serve. Nurses across America provide compassion as well as care and are often the first encounter for those entering a healthcare setting. Additionally, for the past 16 years, nursing has been rated by the public as the most honest and ethical profession. 

National Nurses Week starts on May 6th and ends on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, known as the founder of modern nursing. This week of recognition was designated by the American Nurses Association’s Board of Directors in 1993 as a permanent observance and includes special recognition for student nurses as well as school nurses. While the first National Nurses Week was celebrated in 1954, commemorating the 1ooth anniversary of nurse Florence Nightingale’s mission during the Crimean War, national recognition did not occur until 1982, when President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring May 6th “National Recognition Day for Nurses”.  

 The “Florence Nightingale Pledge” embodies the spirit of nursing. This modified “Hippocratic Oath” was composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit, MI. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.  

I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE MYSELF BEFORE GOD AND IN THE PRESENCE OF THIS ASSEMBLY, TO PASS MY LIFE IN PURITY AND TO PRACTICE MY PROFESSION FAITHFULLY. I WILL ABSTAIN FROM WHATEVER IS DELETERIOUS AND MISCHIEVOUS, AND WILL NOT TAKE OR KNOWINGLY ADMINISTER ANY HARMFUL DRUG. I WILL DO ALL IN MY POWER TO MAINTAIN AND ELEVATE THE STANDARD OF MY PROFESSION, AND WILL HOLD IN CONFIDENCE ALL PERSONAL MATTERS COMMITTED TO MY KEEPING AND ALL FAMILY AFFAIRS COMING TO MY KNOWLEDGE IN THE PRACTICE OF MY CALLING. WITH LOYALTY WILL I ENDEAVOR TO AID THE PHYSICIAN IN HIS WORK, AND DEVOTE MYSELF TO THE WELFARE OF THOSE COMMITTED TO MY CARE.  

At Senior Lifestyle, we understand the importance of creating an environment of trust and compassion and we know that our nurses are a vital part of that environment. Whitney Lane, a Senior Lifestyle Divisional Director of Health and Wellness, notes, “We could not care for our residents without our nurses. The nurses are the heart of the community. The nurses care for other’s loved ones from the beginning of their journey into senior living until the end of their journey. The residents and families put all of their trust in our nurses during their stay with us. The nurses become an extension of their family. They impact the lives of so many.” We hope you’ll join us at Senior Lifestyle in celebrating nurses and all they do to help those we serve live fulfilling lives. For more information about National Nurses Week and the lifestyle available in a community near you, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com 

Arthritis Awareness Month

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May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, a time to learn more about this condition that affects 1 in 5 adults in America, a number that includes many of those we serve at Senior Lifestyle. According to the Arthritis Foundation, this debilitating disease is the leading cause of disability in our country, affecting older adults, working-age people, and even children. The word arthritis is an all-encompassing term that refers to over 100 types of joint pain and joint disease, and while the condition is common, it is not well understood. For many arthritis sufferers, symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion, and while these symptoms may come and go, they tend to progress over time. The disease affects more women than men and the risk of arthritis increases with age.  

At Senior Lifestyle we’re committed to providing timely information on conditions that affect seniors, and we know that for the roughly 53 million Americans living with arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease, with risk factors that increase with age. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is most common in people over the age of 65 and often occurs in the knees, hips, lower back and neck. The condition arises when the cartilage that normally provides a cushion for bones breaks down, causing pain, inflammation and stiffness in the joint. This can cause a “bone on bone” condition in the affected area that leads to increased pain and joint damage, often resulting in the need for joint replacement. 

If you’re living with arthritis, there are ways to minimize the pain as well as the long-term effects of the disease: 

EXERCISE  

While it may be difficult to think about exercise when joints are stiff and painful, studies show that a simple exercise plan that includes activities like walking and strength training is an important part of any arthritis treatment plan. Movement increases flexibility in the joint, while strength training helps to build muscle strength, providing support for the affected joint. Yoga, water aerobics and tai chi are excellent forms of exercise that incorporate slow stretching to improve flexibility and ease pain. Exercise also helps maintain a healthy weight, an important factor in decreasing symptoms of osteoarthritis.  

DIET  

Maintaining a healthy weight limits stress on arthritic joints and helps to increase mobility. Decreasing caloric intake while increasing physical activity helps to achieve a healthy weight. Research also shows that diets high in saturated fats such as those found in processed foods can weaken cartilage, increasing the risk of damage. Red meat, sugar and refined carbohydrates also increase inflammation, a condition that worsens symptoms like swelling. An anti-inflammatory diet based on whole grains, fish, and fruits and vegetables is recommended. 

PAIN MANAGEMENT 

While exercise is helpful in managing pain and stiffness, medications are also available to help decrease symptoms of osteoarthritis. Drugs called analgesics are available in pill form as well as creams, lotions and injections, and include acetaminophen and opioids. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) are also an option used commonly to decrease swelling and pain. These include drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen and are available over-the-counter and by prescription. Stronger drugs called corticosteroids are taken by mouth or injected into the joint by a doctor to ease pain and inflammation. Additionally, hyaluronic acid, a natural component of joint fluid which breaks down in people with osteoarthritis, can be injected in the affected joint by a physician. Remember, it is important for those with arthritis to discuss pain management with a medical provider to be certain that maximum relief is obtained in a safe manner and side effects are minimized as much as possible. 

At Senior Lifestyle, one of our goals is helping our residents maintain health and wellness, so we provide activities, education and support for those living with arthritis as well as other chronic conditions. To learn more about activities designed to help residents achieve health and wellness goals at a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com and schedule a tour today! 

The Social Scene

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At Senior Lifestyle, we understand that for many, social interaction is a basic part of everyday life, but we also know that for some seniors, socialization can be hard to find. For a senior who doesn’t drive and lives alone, social interaction can become nearly non-existent if family or friends are not available for visits or to help with transportation. For a senior acting as caregiver for a spouse, the result is often the same. While they may have the means to leave the house, performing the duties of a caregiver may limit the time they are able to be away. Loved ones who are homebound may also miss many of the benefits of social interaction for seniors. 

Since studies have shown that social interaction provides a multitude of health benefits for seniors, one of our main goals at Senior Lifestyle is to expand the social options available to our residents and families. We know that by providing increased opportunities to socialize, we can enhance and enrich the lives of those we serve. 

Seniors reap the benefits of positive social interaction in a number of ways, from increased social and emotional well-being to improvements in physical and cognitive functions. Some of the benefits of social interaction for seniors include: 

RENEWED SENSE OF PURPOSE 

Interacting with other seniors in meaningful ways allows seniors to feel engaged and involved in the world around them. While caregivers are a wonderful source of company and comfort, studies show that our senior loved ones need to socialize with their peers as well. Sharing conversation or an activity with someone who shares similar interests not only provides positive interaction but may also spark a friendship. Seniors with physical limitations can still provide companionship and conversation with others who may be lonely, with both reaping the benefits of a purposeful social interaction and fostering a feeling of connectedness within their social circle. 

AN INCREASE IN MEMORY AND COGNITIVE FUNCTION 

Social activity reduces the risk of age-related memory loss, improving cognitive function and providing a boost to self-confidence. Seniors who feel confident that their wit and memory remain sharp are more apt to continue with social activities and to have a positive attitude toward social interaction. Even as mobility declines, this confidence in the senior’s ability to socialize helps to drive more interaction with peers, which in turn boosts the cognitive function of all involved, giving socially active seniors and their peers even more reason to attend group functions. 

POSITIVE IMPACT ON PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH 

Research shows that socially active seniors have a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease as well as rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. While isolation has a negative impact on our immune systems, social interaction and a feeling of connectedness provides a positive effect, a boost that helps us avoid illness as well as emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression. Creating opportunities for social interaction provides the benefit of overall improved health for the senior population of any community. 

At Senior Lifestyle, our goal is to help those we serve live life to the fullest, so we strive to improve the well-being of our residents by providing creative outlets, clubs tailored to individual interests, outings designed to entertain and educate, and opportunities for our residents to simply socialize in a comfortable, welcoming environment. To learn more about social opportunities available at a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com and schedule a tour today! 

What to Look for in a Senior Living Community

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At Senior Lifestyle, we know that the search for exceptional senior care can be difficult; many families are uncertain about what is available for their loved ones, what level of care is appropriate, and what to look for in a senior living community. As a leading provider of senior care for over 25 years, we understand the frustrations many families face when looking for senior living arrangements, so we’d like to share some tips on what to look for in a senior living community:
ACTIVITIES
Social interaction is a vital part of any senior living community, and a variety of activities helps residents and families maintain a balance between privacy and socialization. Since every resident has different tastes and needs, we strive to provide a wide array of activities from book clubs and gardening to tai chi and aqua aerobics. In fact, at Senior Lifestyle we often find that our most popular offerings are those brought to our attention by a resident or family member who wishes to share a favorite hobby or pastime.
LOCATION
Does your loved one wish to live close to a family member? Are they looking to move to specific geographical area such as Florida or Arizona? Is the community close to shopping, medical care, and entertainment? Whether looking in your local community or in another state, you and your loved one should feel comfortable with the location of the senior community within the larger geographical area.
ENVIRONMENT
Is the senior living community attractive and clean? Is it easily accessible? Whether the community is brand-new or an established landmark in the area, it should be well-maintained and comfortable, from the common areas to the private living areas. At Senior Lifestyle, we pride ourselves on the dedication of our staff to the maintenance of each building and its grounds.
ATMOSPHERE
Do you feel welcomed when you enter the community? Communities should convey a sense of warmth from the first visit. Make a point of speaking with residents and staff as well as watching their interactions with one another when visiting a senior living community. Mutual respect and friendship give our Senior Lifestyle communities the family atmosphere that our residents and families expect and enjoy.
AMENITIES
Does the community have a library? Is there a space for family and friends to gather? Are you looking for a pet-friendly senior community? At Senior Lifestyle, we know that when looking for a place to call home, it is important to consider not only your personal living space, but the common areas of the community as well, both inside and outside. If you or your loved one enjoy walking and other outdoor activities, look for a community with well-lit paths or a courtyard. If swimming is something you enjoy, be sure to ask if there is a pool for resident use. Since each resident has unique needs, we make an effort to create a variety of common areas for residents to enjoy in our Senior Lifestyle communities.
Founded in 1985, Senior Lifestyle offers independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing communities with consultants at each community to help families define their personal needs and what to look for in a senior living community. Senior Lifestyle has been routinely recognized as a leader in the delivery of innovative programs and hospitality services for all levels of care. For more information about a Senior Lifestyle community in your area or to schedule a personal tour, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Helping Hands

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At Senior Lifestyle, we know that volunteers are the backbone of every community. They provide unique talents and perspective, selflessly sharing time and energy for the benefit of others. During National Volunteer Week we celebrate and recognize the efforts of those who work for the betterment of their communities across the country. 

Volunteerism is alive and well through organizations like Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs that foster civic engagement, and RSVP, one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. This network matches senior volunteers with diverse service opportunities in their communities, from tutoring and mentoring disadvantaged youth to organizing neighborhood watch programs or assisting victims of natural disasters. RSVP’s programs provide those with a lifetime of experience to share with opportunities to share that experience with others in a meaningful way. 

While volunteers make an impact in the lives of those they serve, they may not know about the personal benefits of volunteering. In addition to feeling a renewed sense of purpose, meeting new people with similar mindsets and discovering an outlet for their skills and talents, volunteers often reap health benefits, with studies finding that volunteers of all ages experience fewer hospital stays than those who don’t volunteer and have better overall health and lower stress levels, as well as more stamina. In addition, volunteers often learn new skills, become more connected with their communities, and benefit both socially and professionally from the relationships built in the course of volunteer work. Other benefits of volunteering include: 

CONNECTIONS TO OTHERS 

Sharing a volunteer opportunity strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network. It can also be an opportunity to sharpen your social skills. 

MIND AND BODY HEALTH 

Volunteering improves self-confidence by providing a sense of pride and purpose. Additionally, volunteering helps combat depression. 

FUN AND FULFILLMENT 

Volunteering can provide a meaningful break from everyday work, school and family commitments, often these breaks can re-energize the volunteer when they return to their everyday tasks. Volunteering can often lead to new hobbies, or even provide the opportunity to enjoy current hobbies and share them with others. 

Whether you can give an hour per week or an hour per month, volunteering is time well spent and will make a difference in your community and your life. To learn more about the benefits of volunteering in your area, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com. 

National Healthcare Decisions Day

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For many families, a conversation about advanced care planning doesn’t happen until a health crisis occurs, leaving family members unsure of their loved one’s wishes. While this conversation can be difficult, it is an important one. At Senior Lifestyle, we believe it is vital to provide those we serve with information that aids in making healthcare choices, so we proudly support National Healthcare Decisions Day as a means of empowering our residents and families with information and access to tools to make advanced care planning easier. 

An initiative of The Conversation Project, National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to raise awareness of the importance of advance care planning. Observed on, April 16th, this annual event aims to empower people with information on how to discuss and put in writing their wishes should they become seriously ill and unable to communicate those wishes to a loved one or healthcare provider. At Senior Lifestyle, we understand that each person’s wishes are as unique as they are and we encourage families to discuss all aspects of care in order to fully respect those wishes. 

For many, the prospect of talking about final wishes is daunting, and the process of making those wishes known to loved ones and healthcare providers may seem mysterious and unnecessarily convoluted. While state laws differ regarding advance care planning, The Conversation Project believes that it is important to provide clear and concise information on healthcare decision-making in order to simplify the process. To remove barriers to the advanced care planning conversation and provide meaningful information instead of just forms to fill out, toolkits tailored to specific state guidelines are available to families as well as healthcare providers. These toolkits support and encourage each family to focus on the specific aspects of care that matter most to them. 

Would your family know your wishes in the event of a health crisis? You can provide yourself and your loved ones with peace of mind by taking the time to think about and share your wishes. For more information about advanced care planning and National Healthcare Decisions Day, go to theconversationproject.org or visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com and start a conversation today.  

Parkinson’s Disease

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April is Parkinson’s disease Awareness Month, and at Senior Lifestyle we’d like to take the opportunity to share information about the disease, its symptoms and treatments. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, about a million people in the United States and roughly ten million people worldwide are afflicted with this diverse disorder which primarily affects dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra area of the brain. The cause of Parkinson’s remains largely unknown.

While no two cases of Parkinson’s disease present exactly the same way, there are some similarities for each person affected by the disease. Symptoms tend to develop slowly, with many sufferers experiencing tremors, a slowing of movements, gait and balance problems and rigidness of their limbs. The progression of the symptoms varies widely from person to person due to the diversity of the disease, and while there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatment options such as medication and surgery can help to manage symptoms. While these treatments neither slow nor halt the progression of the disease, they do improve quality of life for those suffering from Parkinson’s.

Although the movement-related (motor) symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are the most visible signs of the disorder, they are often less troubling than non-motor symptoms of the disease, which can include cognitive impairment, depression, constipation, sleep behavior disorders and loss of sense of smell.

While Parkinson’s disease presents differently in each affected individual, there are some warning signs that you may have the disease; you should speak with your primary care provider if you notice any of the following:

TREMOR

If you’ve noticed a slight shakiness or tremor in your finger, hand, thumb or chin, speak with your provider. Tremors that occur while at rest are early indicators of Parkinson’s disease.

LOSS OF SMELL

Are you no longer able to smell certain foods very well? If you are having trouble smelling foods like licorice, dill pickles or bananas, talk your doctor about Parkinson’s.

LIMITED MOBILITY

If you’re having trouble moving or walking due to stiffness in your arms, legs or body that doesn’t resolve with movement, it may be an early sign of Parkinson’s

TROUBLE SLEEPING

Sudden movements, along with thrashing around in bed during sound sleep can be indicators of Parkinson’s disease and should be addressed with your physician.

DIZZINESS OR FAINTING

If you feel dizzy or faint when rising from a chair, speak with your doctor. Feeling dizzy and faint can be a sign of low blood pressure and this can be linked to Parkinson’s disease.

If you or a loved one are facing a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, the best way to begin is to work with your primary care physician to develop a plan to help stay healthy. That plan may include:

  • A referral to neurologist, a doctor who specializes in the brain
  • Sessions with an occupational therapist, speech therapist or physical therapist
  • An exercise program to help delay further symptoms of the disease
  • Conversations with family members so that they can understand what kind of support you may need
  • A visit with a medical social worker to help you understand the impact Parkinson’s may have on your life and the lives of your loved ones

At Senior Lifestyle, we understand how difficult it is to face a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, there is hope for living a purposeful, active and enjoyable life with proper disease management. If you are experiencing any of the symptom noted above, we encourage you to speak with your doctor about Parkinson’s disease. For more information about the care we provide to residents with Parkinson’s in our Senior Lifestyle communities, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

The Longest Day

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Time flies when you’re having fun, and The Longest Day is all about fun for a worthy cause. Around the country and around the world, teams will participate in events, raise awareness, and donate funds to the fight against Alzheimer’s on the Summer Solstice, June 21st. The Alzheimer’s Association provides ideas for activities on their homepage, encouraging participants to “Do something you love — or honor a caregiver, someone living with Alzheimer’s, or someone you’ve lost by selecting his or her favorite hobby. From swimming to scrapbooking, you’re limited only by your imagination.” Every day in our communities, our team members show their dedication and compassion for our residents and families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and at Senior Lifestyle we’re honored to continue that dedication, supporting the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association by participating in The Longest Day. 

Last year our Senior Lifestyle teams participating in The Longest Day event raised nearly double the amount of our fundraising goal of $50,000. From bowl-a-thons and bake-offs to gala events with silent auctions, our teams created activities that truly made time fly. Once again, Senior Lifestyle is proud to be a Global Partner in the fight against Alzheimer’s and with 19 teams and 39 participants so far, we expect our efforts this year to be just as spectacular!  

As a leading national provider of independent living, assisted living, and memory care, Senior Lifestyle is committed to supporting those who live, support, care for, and walk alongside those on this journey. Like so many others around the country, our employees are personally impacted by this disease; we are sisters, brothers, daughters and sons of people battling Alzheimer’s. One team member summarized this impact perfectly when they said, “Watching my Dad’s face when he was given the diagnosis of Early Stage Alzheimer’s was one of the hardest days of my life. From that day on, my commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association and to improving care and treatment for those living with this disease became more than a profession, it became my personal mission.” 

Mark your calendar for June 21st and join us at Senior Lifestyle as we raise funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s. Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website to join a team, participate in an event, or simply make a monetary donation to add your voice to those working to raise awareness and end Alzheimer’s! To learn more about how we’re supporting The Longest Day in a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com 

The Caregiver Crunch

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Providing care for a family member is a big responsibility, one no family member is ever truly prepared for. At Senior Lifestyle we often speak with families who are in what we call the caregiver crunch: the caregiver has responsibilities to his or her family and career as well as to the loved one in need of care and feels simultaneously pulled in two directions and compressed between two very different but equally important roles. The crunch can create a host of difficulties for families and it can also create frustration, resentment and guilt for the caregiver. Since the bulk of caregiver duties often fall to one member of a family, it’s essential to have not only Plan A, but Plan B, C, and often D in place to cover any contingency that arises. 

It’s vitally important for caregivers to balance their needs with the needs of those they care for to avoid caregiver crunch, and this is where those back-up plans come in quite handy. When caregivers need to be away for any reason, a plan to ensure care continuity is good for not only the loved one needing care but the caregiver as well, helping to ease caregiver guilt, an emotion that can sabotage any caregiver. While it can be difficult to contemplate being away from a family member who clearly wants you and only you, it is imperative that caregivers have time away, not only to meet other family responsibilities, but also to simply regroup and re-energize before returning to caregiving. 

Our goal at Senior Lifestyle is to provide the families we serve with guidance as they navigate the senior living journey, so we’ve provided a list of options for caregivers who need time away: 

FAMILY MEMBERS 

Meet with family members and make sure they understand the need for time away. Regularly scheduling a fill-in or a caregiver helper is a great way for the primary caregiver to get time away and assure themselves that someone else is trained properly to care for a loved one. This can be a source of comfort for the person needing care as well, as having a familiar face providing care helps provide consistency. 

ADULT DAY CARE 

Many communities have adult day services; if your loved one qualifies, these organizations can often help manage caregiving duties for families needing a break from caregiving, even if it’s only one day per week. Additionally, some adult day centers offer care on a drop-in basis. Check listings in your area for adult day services or speak to a social worker at your local senior center. 

PROFESSIONAL IN-HOME CARE 

In-home care agencies can often supplement the care provided by family members, and caregivers are trained to handle some tasks such as bathing that are difficult for family members to manage. Many agencies offer care on an hourly basis, so there is no major time and money commitment for families, and care is provided based specifically on the needs of your loved one. 

RESPITE CARE 

Many Senior Lifestyle communities offer respite care. Respite care, or short-term care, can be a great option for family caregivers needing time away to attend to other responsibilities. Whether for a business trip or a vacation, respite care offers the same level of care your loved one receives at home, with the added bonus of social interaction and activities designed specifically for their interests. Respite care is a great way to “test-drive” a community as well; a short-term stay can help a loved one decide if living in a senior community feels like a good choice. 

The caregiver crunch is real, and family caregivers need to find a workable balance between the needs of those they care for and themselves and their own needs; having a plan in place also helps caregivers avoid caregiver guilt when other responsibilities arise. At Senior Lifestyle we can help by providing guidance as families explore options such as in-home care and respite care. For more information on the options available at a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com