Real Life Respite – Villa St Francis Assisted Living, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Just like on airplanes where they say to put your own oxygen mask on before others, take care of your needs first to ensure that you stay healthy so you can take care of another.  Juggling a family, a job, and being a caregiver to another is difficult.  That is why it is vital for your health, well-being, and familial bonds that you set limits.  It is very important for all caregivers to have an occasional rest period, where they can do something just for them.  Respite care can help.  Short-term respite stays are offered at Villa St Francis Assisted Living,Respite Care Milwaukee Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Whether your loved one needs additional rehabilitation after hospitalization, you need a break, a vacation or are just plain exhausted.  Here are tips on how to prepare for a positive respite care experience:

Tour Villa St Francis to Learn About Respite Care

Pay a visit.  Tour our campus.  Ask questions.  Learn about the availability of medical care, daily activities, meals, and the registration process.  Weekends and holidays book up quickly.  Organize health information including history and physical, medications, food and drug allergies, tuberculosis testing requirement, and advance directives.  Collaborate on care with our staff.  Share emotional state, ability to understand and communicate, and assistance needed in walking, eating, toileting, and bathing.  Help our staff get to know your loved one.  Tell them about personality, likes and dislikes, family and friends, pets, hobbies, favorite foods, taste in music, routines, sleep habits, personal and work history, military service, and achievements.  Arrange emergency contacts in case you can’t be reached.

Start small.  Make a packing list.  Essential items include labeled clothing and underwear, personal toiletries, medications, slippers or grip socks, and an overnight bag.

Respite is also good medicine for the caregiver receiver as well.  Having someone different providing care gives the person a chance to develop a new friendship.  Care receivers are then better able to work with their family members who serve their daily needs.  For additional information, and details and to schedule a visit, contact Villa St Francis Assisted Living, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Visit www.villastfrancis.org or call 414-649-2888.