The holiday season is a time for families to come together and celebrate traditions. Spending quality time with one another and creating priceless memories is what this time of year is all about. However, the holidays can also be hectic and cause an added level of stress. This is especially true for individuals who are the primary caregiver of a loved one.
Making plans, hosting gatherings (whether in-person or virtual this year), and getting all of your holiday shopping done can be stressful for anyone. But completing these tasks, handling other responsibilities, and caring for a loved one can feel even more overwhelming.
It is essential to recognize when you need extra support in managing all of your responsibilities. Respite care can help you do this – whether during the holidays or throughout the year.
The Pavilion Senior Living proudly offers respite care and senior living options in Carthage and Lebanon, Tennessee. We are here to help alleviate your holiday stress and prevent caregiver burnout, so we’re sharing how your family can benefit from respite care this holiday season.
What is Respite Care?
Help Guide describes respite care as “temporary relief for a primary caregiver, enabling you to take a much-needed break from the demands of caregiving [for] a sick, aging, or disabled family member.” This type of care can either take place in your home or at a senior living community. The goal of respite care, no matter the setting, is to provide you with a break from your responsibilities. Depending on your needs and community availability, the length of this break can range from a couple of hours to a few days.
By using respite care, you can take care of your own needs and responsibilities in other parts of your life while knowing that your family member is receiving the necessary care and attention. When you are the primary caregiver for a loved one, it is easy to get caught up in your caregiving responsibilities and forget to take time for yourself. Utilizing respite care services is plays an essential role in helping you avoid caregiver burnout.
In addition to providing relief for family caregivers, at The Pavilion, we like to think of our respite care services as our Guestpitality Program. It gives guests an opportunity to experience life at one of our communities firsthand.
Much Needed Respite During the Holidays
Reduce Holiday Stress
Even though the holidays are a time to spread cheer and bring families closer together, the demands of the season can often serve as a source of stress for many individuals. These feelings may be heightened this year due to concerns surrounding COVID, restrictions, or impacts the pandemic may have had on you or someone you know.
Using respite care during the holiday season can help alleviate this stress by giving you the time to make necessary arrangements, finish your shopping, or take care of any other errands the holidays bring.
Visit with Other Family Members
Families re-connect during the holidays, and it may allow you the chance to catch up with family members you do not see very often. However, when you are caring for a parent or loved one [depending on the circumstances], it can be challenging to find time to schedule these visits.
By using respite care services, you can plan for time with other family members without having to worry about your loved one’s well-being.
Prevent Yourself from Getting Sick
Unfortunately, the holiday season aligns with cold and flu season. The change in weather, and additional concerns surrounding COVID-19, make it crucial for you to take time out and care for yourself.
When you are constantly on the go, your immune system may weaken, or you may fall victim to caregiver burnout. If you get sick, you cannot properly care for another person. Use respite care to take the break you deserve – whether to practice self-care or take steps to combat an illness.
Benefits of Respite Care
While respite care offers family caregivers relief during the holiday season, it can also be a beneficial option for caregivers and guests throughout the year.
Benefits of respite care for caregivers include:
- Preventing Caregiver Burnout
- Gaining a New Perspective on Providing Care
- Taking Time Off for a Planned Vacation or Unplanned Emergency
- Allowing You to Handle Other Responsibilities.
Benefits of respite care for your loved one include:
- Forming New Relationships
- Getting Mental Stimulation,
- Reducing Feelings of Loneliness and Isolation
- Serving as a Trial for Assisted Living
To learn more about our respite care or senior living options in Carthage and Lebanon, Tennessee, contact The Pavilion Senior Living today!
The Pavilion Senior Living wishes you and yours a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!