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Retirement Living in Federal Way: Who’s Caring for the Caregiver?

Posted by Kimberly Vickers on Jun 6, 2012 6:11:00 AM

caregiver help juneIf you’re taking care of an elderly parent (or two!) it may seem like there’s never a break. And if you’re like many caregivers, it’s not just the actual time spent doing things with or for them that wears on you. There always seems to be something you need to think about or decide or figure out. And even if you’re a willing and cheerful caregiver, you’re bound to need a bit of a break. There’s a good chance you’ve even made tentative plans to get away for a well-deserved break—only to face that persistent question: Who’s going to take care of your parents while you’re getting a little R&R?

One option to consider is checking your parents into a retirement community for a short-term. It’s not unusual for retirement communities to offer this kind of a short, no-commitment option. And it can help you in a couple of ways.

On the one hand, you can feel good that your parents will receive good care, because the staff at a quality retirement community is used to dealing with seniors and they understand their unique needs. They’ve been around the block with seniors a time or two and they will be prepared for whatever might come up. In addition to giving you some time away, you’ll have a bit of peace of mind—free from worrying about your parents. It might even provide you with the opportunity to get out of town for a few days to recharge your batteries.

Another benefit to this kind of a short-term visit is that it can give your parents a taste of what retirement community living is really like—without having to make a major decision or commitment. Checking out retirement living opportunities in the Federal Way area may not be high on your parents’ list of priorities, but there’s a good chance that you’ve been considering it. A short-term visit lets both of you see first hand how pleasant it can really be—without any immediate pressure to make a decision. Later, when the time is right, your parents will have some context and a bit of experience that can make the transition to a permanent living situation much easier.

There’s also a benefit for you as a caregiver. You’ll have the experience of dealing with the staff at the retirement community before you (and your parents) make a decision.  That can give you a lot more confidence when it’s time to make a move.

If you’d like to know more about this option at Village Green, please shoot us a note at info@villagegreenretirement.com  or call us at (253) 838-3700 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Isn’t it time to take care of the caregiver so you can continue taking care of Mom and Dad?

Tags: Senior Caregiving Resources, Retirement Living in Federal Way

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