During Vacation Season, Respite Care Gives Caregivers, Seniors A Break

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With the summer vacation season in full swing, caregivers and the seniors they love can get a much-needed break by arranging a short-term respite stay at an assisted living center, retirement community or nursing home.

Caregiving can be a very demanding and stressful job, and even the most dedicated, patient caregivers need time away to re-charge their batteries.

With the summer vacation season in full swing, caregivers and the seniors they love can get a much-needed break by arranging a short-term respite stay at an assisted living center, retirement community or nursing home.

“Not everyone realizes that these services are available on a temporary basis, sometimes for stays as short as a few days,” explains Jennifer Prell, president and co-owner of A Silver Connection (http://www.asilverconnection.com), a free Chicago area eldercare referral service.

“Caregiving can be a very demanding and stressful job, and even the most dedicated, patient caregivers need time away to re-charge their batteries,” she said. “Respite care provides the break they need, along with peace of mind that comes with knowing that their loved ones will receive the necessary attention, care and medical support in their absence.”

Respite care can also provide a refreshing change of scenery for seniors, and a way to try out various housing options minus a full-time, longer-term commitment. “For older adults who have been reluctant to make the move to senior housing, respite care is a great way to increase their comfort level, as they get a first-hand, trial experience,” says Prell.

Referral services like A Silver Connection can help caregivers and family members identify appropriate respite care sources, based on health status, geography, budget and other factors.

“While respite stays are not free, they are priceless in that they allow family members and other caregivers to take the time off that, sooner or later, everyone needs,” says Prell.

About A Silver Connection
A Silver Connection is a free eldercare resource and referral service operating throughout the Chicago area for seniors, their families and professionals who help older adults. Its consultants are experts on senior housing and care options, including retirement communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care, supportive living, skilled nursing, and in-home care. Learn more at http://www.asilverconnection.com or by calling 866.421.8266.

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