RESPITE CARE

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Respite Care at Dodge Park Rest Home

For many, the challenges of caring for a loved one are part of daily life. Caregiving is a demanding, difficult job and no one is equipped to do it alone.  Getting help is essential for your health, and your resilience is critical for your loved one, especially if they suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Respite care provides short term breaks that relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in your life.  Working with family members or friends may be difficult, but there are many respite care options and strategies you may not be aware of.

Respite Care Basics

Seeking support and maintaining one’s own health are key to managing the caregiving years. Using respite care before you become exhausted, isolated, or overwhelmed is ideal, but just anticipating regular relief can become a lifesaver.

Respite Care can take many forms, but boils down to two basic ideas: sharing the responsibility for caregiving and getting support for yourself.  Finding the right balance requires persistence, patience, and preparation.

Award Winning Program

Using Respite Care before you become exhausted, isolated, or overwhelmed is ideal, but just anticipating regular relief can become a lifesaver.

Respite Care provides short term breaks that relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in your life.

Dodge Park is #1 in Massachusetts from Caring.com in Rest Home and Memory Care for the past 5 years. Nationwide, there are only 67 Caring Super Stars in 2017, so Dodge Park Rest Home truly stands out as among the top senior living communities in the country.

Engaging Family Members

Engaging Family Members

Respite Care may be the answer

Family members and friends may be able to help out while you run an errand, take a break or even go on vacation.  However, just as the burden of caregiving is often more than one person can handle – it can also be a tough process for families to share.

Encourage Support and Participation

Encourage Support and Participation

Talking openly and regularly is important

Keep everyone up to date on your loved one’s needs and condition. Family members who don’t share the day-to-day caretaking experience may not fully appreciate the situation.

Encourage Family Members

Encourage Family Members

What can reasonably and honestly be done

Changing roles and varying resource levels can impact family involvement.  Welcome different viewpoints, accept limitations, and be willing to try alternate strategies.  Share your list of needs and take advantage of all offers to help.

Planning for Respite Care

Planning starts with analyzing needs…both yours and your loved one’s.  As a caregiver, is support what you need most? Some free time? Help with transportation? Keep track of your daily activities then make a list of the areas and times when you most need help. 

Identifying your loved one’s requirements, abilities, and preferences will also help you find the right match. Are social activities primary? Assistance with walking, eating or medications? Mental stimulation? Exercise? Answering these questions will help you determine which respite options to pursue.

Find the peace of mind you’ve been looking for with Respite Care at Dodge Park.