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Respite Care: Because Caregivers Need a Vacation Too!

Well, Summer is finally here! For many families, that means preparing for fun-filled vacations and relaxing getaways. But if you are one of the thousands of caregivers tasked with caring for an aging loved one, a vacation or weekend getaway, may seem impossible or out-of-reach.

Unfortunately, it’s all too common for caregivers to feel overwhelmed by the emotional and physical strain of the responsibility of taking the best care of their loved ones. While you as a caregiver may be reluctant to admit you could use a break, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to be in this alone – respite care can help.

What is Respite Care?

Many caregivers aren’t aware that assisted living facilities offer short-term overnight stays for individuals who need assistance with daily living. This service, called respite care, is essentially planned, or emergency care given on a temporary basis to a dependent individual with special needs when his or her usual caregiver is unavailable, unable to provide certain care, needs a break from the responsibilities of caregiving.

Why Respite Care?

Did you know according to the Centers for Disease Control: 54 percent of caregivers say their health has gotten worse due to caregiving, while 35 percent have difficulty finding time for themselves, yet the National Alliance of Caregiving and AARP found only 12 percent of family caregivers take advantage of respite care services.

As a caregiver, it is important to seek out support occasionally – before you become exhausted, overwhelmed, or isolated in your caregiving role. It is also an important strategy for preserving your health and nurturing your own personal relationships. Consider the following benefits:

  • Doing the things you enjoy can calm your nerves, lower your heart rate and improve your mood.
  • Juggling the responsibilities of daily life can be draining but taking a break allows you to re-energize and be more effective in what you do.
  • You are more than just your loved one’s caregiver – maintaining your sense of self and taking care of your personal needs is essential to healthy living.
  • Engaging and enjoying time with friends and family keeps your social ties healthy and combats the risks of social isolation.

Respite care also offers families and their loved ones an opportunity to try assisted living facilities they may be considering all while avoid having to make a long-term commitment. Respite care can be a beneficial way for individuals to sample life in an assisted living community. Loved ones can get to know the staff and, equally important, the people who live there – they may even make a few long-lasting friendships during their stay.

We’re Here for You

If you are interested in learning more about our respite care, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. We’re happy to discuss our respite care offerings and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Call us today!

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The Case for Short-Term Rehab: 4 Core Benefits You Should Consider and Why

If you or a loved one has been experiencing a medical condition that requires a more concentrated level of care, it’s likely that your doctor may have recommended short-term rehabilitation. At this point, you may be asking yourself, “What’s the point?” With that important question in mind, below, we’ve laid-out four core benefits that short-term rehabilitation provides as well as to why it may be worth your time, energy and commitment:

  1. Quality of Recovery: Some may say, “Hey, I’m healthy and active, I even have a long-time exercise regimen, what do I need rehab for?” The reality, however, is that your regular routine may not be the best way to recover from your current condition. In fact, your previous fitness routine may cause more harm than good! By engaging in short-term rehabilitation, you can ensure that you remain active without overdoing it and avoid further injury. Working with your therapists, you will learn what your short-term and long-term limitations are as well as what body mechanics are needed to recover safely.
  2. Speed of Recovery: Having experienced a fall, injury or illness one may understandably be anxious to return to one’s regular daily routine. That said, the best way to accomplish this goal is by working together with a rehabilitation team that specialize in those exercises needed to get you back to living your best life. Remember, the treatment plan your therapists produce is designed to target the specific muscles, joints, and ligaments that will improve your speed of recovery. In addition, your therapists will make sure you don’t overdo it, all while providing the encouragement to help you steadily progress and ultimately reach your goals.
  3. More comfortable environment: Short term rehab is not done in a hospital setting, but rather in a more inviting and comfortable facility. The combination of medical care and therapy is shown to help patients recover more quickly and completely. At a short-term rehab facility, you leave behind the completely clinical hospital experience in favor of a more comfortable environment with a variety of amenities – such as private rooms.
  4. Emotional Support: When it comes to the recovery process, the importance of genuine and reliable emotional support is often overlooked. It’s all too common for well-meaning family members or friends to offer unsolicited advice or perhaps make insensitive remarks that can leave you feeling down about your progress and recovery. By working with a therapy team, one has the advantage of receiving the emotional support and confidence one needs — from compassionate and professionals, who are invested in your well being and have a thorough understanding of your recovery goals.

The four considerations listed above are just a few of the benefits that short-term rehab offers. Are you or a loved one considering rehab? Feel free to contact us to learn more about our short-term rehabilitation services.

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Mother’s Day: 5 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate with Your Senior Mom

Mother’s Day is almost here, and it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with the important women in your life – for many, that means visiting a senior mom or grandmother being cared for at a skilled nursing facility. While your mother or grandmother will be glad to just spend time with you, planning a special Mother’s Day activity is a great way to show your love and appreciation. Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate Mother’s Day with a senior mom:

  1. Treat her to a manicure: A manicure or pedicure is a thoughtful gift idea for your mother or grandmother, especially if she is unable to tend to her nails on her own. Consider scheduling an appointment at a nearby salon or hold a DIY spa day at her home or facility by bringing lotion, nail polish, and beauty supplies for a special bedside treatment.
  2. Throw a picnic: It’s no coincidence that Mother’s Day just happens to fall within the most beautiful time of spring. Mom should feel special on her well-deserved day – and what better way to say, “I love you!” than hosting a lovely picnic lunch in her honor. Whether laid out an airy porch or deck, a trim lawn or even beside a scenic bedroom window, a picnic to share a few smiles and sunshine is sure to raise her spirit and fill her heart right up.
  3. Homemade Decorations: Anything you can provide to give her room some character can leave a lasting reminder of your love for her and can make her personal space feel homier and meaningful. So go ahead, think about crafts or other creative decorations to liven up the space and provide your mom with colorful and heartfelt reminders of the family she loves.
  4. A Lasting Memento: A framed family photo, a picture album of the grand kids or a photo calendar filled with happy memories will help Mom feel connected to the family all year long. Be sure to take time to reminisce and to give thanks to Mom for all the joy and care she has provided and recognize her accomplishments and impact on your life.
  5. Flowers: It may be an obvious one, but you really can’t go wrong with it! Flowers are naturally beautiful and are something mom will love to show off to her friends. Instead of a bouquet, consider purchasing a potted plant that your mother can enjoy year-round as a reminder of your love for her. Another good idea: make Mother’s Day the beginning of a yearlong floral subscription service. There are many reputable services you can sign up for that will send Mom flowers every month – this way she’ll have some extra beauty to brighten up her space all through the year.

At the end of the day, remember, the most important gift you can give your mom on Mother’s Day is the gift of your time! So go ahead, consider incorporating one of these activities into your annual Mother’s Day traditions to show the special women in your life how much you care about them.

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Success Story: Charles

Charles Grubb was admitted to Premier at Perry Village following hospitalization due to pneumonia and multiple falls at home.  His discharge goal at time of admission was to return to living independently alone.  He lived in a first floor apartment with no steps to enter.  He utilized a rollator walker for mobility in his apartment and a scooter outdoors.  He was independent with ADLs and functional mobility.  His family and friends brought him meals which he heated in the microwave.  He did not drive.

Upon evaluation, Charles required the following:

  • Moderate assistance to complete bed mobility, contact guard for transfers using a rolling walker and minimum assistance for ambulation up to 90 feet using a rolling walker.
  • Minimum assistance for upper body bathing and dressing as well as grooming.
  • Moderate assistance for lower body bathing & dressing as well as toileting.
  • Maximum assistance for meal prep and other community ADLs.
  • In addition, Charles’ left shoulder range of motion was limited and he demonstrated decreased upper and lower extremity strength as well as impaired balance and decreased endurance.

Following the completion of therapy, Charles made the following improvements:

  • Independent with ADLs, meal prep and cleanup, bed mobility, transfers and ambulation using a rollator walker.
  • His left shoulder range of motion had increased to within functional levels and he had gained both upper and lower extremity strength.
  • His balance had improved although he still required the rollator walker.
  • His endurance had increased so that it was functional for his daily routine.
  • His fall risk was significantly decreased.

In short time, Charles was discharged from the facility to live independently in his apartment.

Regarding his stay at Premier of Perry Village, Charles stated: “My therapy has been very, very good.  The nurses have been very, very good too.  There hasn’t been one bad person.  I appreciate the help.  The food’s been very good too.”