Overnight Respite Care offers care partners and individuals living with Alzheimer’s the chance to experience time for rest, relaxation, and a “break” from each other.
Care partners of those living with Alzheimer’s provide support on a daily basis and assist with their daily needs. In addition, they also must consider their own needs and make time for themselves to ensure a healthy balanced lifestyle.
The Challenges of Alzheimer’s Caregiving
A care partner of someone living with Alzheimer’s wears many hats, so to speak. The physical, mental, and emotional demands of caring for the social and physical needs of another person can be detrimental to the care partner’s health and well-being.
With the progressive disease of Alzheimer’s, a person may need physical care for basic needs such as mobility, grooming, and personal hygiene. For some, daily living activities require partial or full assistance.
Household chores such as cleaning, preparing meals, and cooking are also part of the daily routine for a care partner. Laundry, running errands, and attending appointments are other important tasks most care partners are required to perform.
Those living with Alzheimer’s Disease may require care partners to provide medication management support to ensure the proper medication is taken as prescribed. Other medical needs include nutritional supplements, fluid intake measurements, and special dietary needs.
A care partner often is caring for a loved one which can involve a live-in situation. In addition to the daily living routine, a care partner is also the main entertainment for the person with Alzheimer’s Disease. Having someone around who is attentive and who is a companion can help reduce the risk of depression and isolation for those living with Memory Loss.
The Importance of Taking a Break
For those who have ever spent any amount of time caring for another person, taking time for self-care is vital to the health and safety of all. Care partners spend time and energy to put the physical, mental, and emotional needs of the person being cared for first and above their own needs.
The job or position of a care partner has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “an important public health issue that affects the quality of life”. Their main focus of concern addresses the topic of “burnout”.
The CDC advises that without proper intervention, such as Respite Care, a care partner may experience a decline in their own physical health, a compromised immune function, high levels of anxiety and depression, and a tendency to overuse psychoactive medications.
It is commonly known that many care partners are at risk for an early death, most times often before the death of the person they are responsible for.
What Is Overnight Respite Care?
Overnight Respite Care refers to relief care for someone who is a care partner or provider to another person, such as a person living with Memory Loss. Overnight care is considered as short-term Respite Care wherein the term can be for one or several nights and days.
There are various forms of this type of service such nursing care, medication management, and social activities. Respite Care programs can be personalized to meet the needs and preferences of the person living with Memory Loss, so the care partner(s) is able to take full advantage of having this “time off”.
The Benefits of Overnight Respite Care
Overnight Respite Care in at Memory & Company’s Markham and Oakville Clubs can benefit everyone involved, including the person living with Memory Loss and their care partner(s).
First and foremost, overnight Respite Care provides peace of mind to the care partner that the person living with Memory Loss is being well cared for in their absence. Having time for rest and relaxion is important as it can help the care partner(s) “recharge” their energy and calm their mind.
During this time of Respite Care, having access to social activities that are designed for the person in mind can be a priceless benefit. The care partner(s) can indulge in their favourite hobbies or activities that feed their mind and soul while the person living with Memory Loss enjoys time with new friends.
Relationships with family and friends are also important to maintain while caring for someone living with Memory Loss. It is easy for caregivers to spend more time focusing on the person with Memory Loss than themselves and others in their life. Taking time to strengthen relationships can help improve a person’s mental health.
Respite Care offers care partners the ability and time to “catch-up” on chores, errands, and personal time, appointments, and much needed vacation time that often are put on the back burner when caring for someone. Respite can be for a few hours or a few days or a few weeks.
How Memory & Company Can Help
Memory & Company offers the world’s first Respite Hotel and Premium Day Program that provides compassionate overnight respite care for adults. With locations in Markham and Oakville, we provide an intimate environment designed to be a safe and warm space for those living with Memory Loss.
Our short-term, long-term, and Premium Day programs focus on the physical, mental, and emotional needs of those living with Memory Loss while supporting their care partner(s). Our respite programs offer guidance through resources, advocacy, and compassionate support.
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