A Closer Look at Our Respite and Temporary Stays

April 11, 2014

Did you know that many Independent, Assisted and Memory Care communities offer respite and temporary stays? Its okay, most people don’t! In fact, it’s a common belief that senior living is only for permanent, full-time residents but that’s just not the case. There are a number of reasons why short-term stays may be needed and most communities do their best to make it accessible and easily available to everyone.

Here’s why it may be of interest to you:

  • Your loved one needs a place to recover after a hospital stay
  • Your mom or dad wants to test-drive the community before fully committing to living there
  • You’re a caregiver and you need a physical, emotional and mental break from caring for your loved one

Temporary stays are especially helpful for adult children who are caring for a parent with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Caring for someone with memory loss is an extremely stressful and exhausting experience, so being able to bring a loved one to a secure and safe environment can give you the opportunity to rest and recharge.

Temporary stays are especially helpful for adult children who are caring for a parent with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Caring for someone with memory loss is an extremely stressful and exhausting experience, so being able to bring a loved one to a secure and safe environment can give you the opportunity to rest and recharge.

The costs of respite and temporary stays vary but in many states, Medicare, not Medicaid, will cover most of the costs associated with temporary stays. Medicaid will typically only cover long-term stays. It’s important to note that the definition of “short-term” also varies, and in some states Medicaid considers it five days and others its two weeks. Take the time to look into it and research what your states guidelines are, find more here: http://www.cms.gov/

When your loved one is staying at an Independent, Assisted or Memory Care community you can rest assured that they’re receiving top-notch care.  They’ll receive assistance with their medications, have trained staff available to them 24/7 and each resident has easy access to an emergency call system, meaning whenever there’s a problem they can call for help and it’ll be there for them quickly.

Whether your loved one is simply interested in trying out a community or you’re a caregiver and are in need of a break, temporary and respite stays are good to know about and may come in very useful down the line. For more information about our respite and temporary stays feel free to contact us at info@lcbseniorliving.com or call us at 781-619-9320.