With August fast approaching, many of us may feel we’re in the so-called “dog days” of summer – those days when the heat, humidity, and hectic pace of summer life saps us of energy and derails our drive.
For those who are caregivers – whether full-time, part-time, long-distance, or under the same roof – this final stretch of summer can be especially brutal.
Caregiver burnout is an extremely common occurrence in any caregiving experience, and it happens gradually, sometimes invisibly, when a heavy burden of care takes priority over the restoration that rest and respite provides. Caregivers need a balance between the hard work of caregiving and a period of renewal, whether that means taking short breaks throughout each day (a 5-minute walk, a ten-minute power nap, a 15-minute phone call with a supportive friend), planning ahead for a longer time away – or, ideally, a combination of the two.
Many assisted living communities offer short-term stays and respite care options for families who are caring for a loved one around the clock, or even just during the day. Perhaps the caregiver needs surgery and cannot provide care during the recovery period. Short-term options in assisted living can fill that need. Maybe the caregiver wants to take a family vacation. Respite care may be provided via home care or in an assisted living setting.