The Social Engagement Benefits of Respite Care

The Social Engagement Benefits of Respite Care

“Respite care services at Saunders House provide at-home caregivers with a much-needed physical and emotional break from their demanding daily caregiving routines” says Susan Irrgang, Executive Director of Saunders House, located in Wynnewood, PA.

“Caregivers receive some personal time off from their caregiving duties to ‘recharge their batteries’ and do the things that are important to their own lives – whether it’s running errands, traveling, meeting for lunch with friends or just relaxing with a good book.”

While the advantages of respite care for caregivers might be more obvious, senior living experts say that respite care also offers equally important benefits for the loved ones in their care. Key among these are the life-enriching benefits of social engagement.

The Value of Social Engagement for Older Americans

According to gerontologists and other experts on aging, connecting with others who share similar interests is important at any age. But for seniors whose physical limitations and lifestyles may lessen their social engagement opportunities, these connections are crucial to healthy physical and emotional well-being. 

They say social engagement activities have been proven to benefit seniors’ lives in several specific ways by providing:

  • A Sense of Belonging
  • Enhanced Mental Health
  • Greater Self-Esteem
  • Better Physical Health
  • Increased Cognitive Functioning
  • A Sense of Purpose in Life 

Respite Care’s Key Role in Boosting Socialization and Reducing Isolation

Respite care for your loved one provides these valuable socialization benefits in a variety of ways by offering:

  • The companionship of others of a similar age with similar histories and life experiences
  • A welcome change in their daily routine, which may have become monotonous at home
  • The opportunity to participate in enjoyable social engagement activities and fun events with others
  • Group wellness programs that are fun and keep the mind and body active and engaged
  • Tasty meals and nutritious food with the added benefit of socialization and the company of others at mealtime

Senior living experts say that respite care stays for your loved one are also an ideal way of trying out a senior living community if you believe your loved one’s safety and health needs might soon require round-the-clock professional support. At Saunders House, respite care guests receive the same level of care, services and social activities as our permanent residents.

Through our comprehensive and affordable respite care program, many caregivers have found that their loved ones enjoy the regular companionship and social interaction with others their age, as well as the daily programs, social engagement activities, special events and delicious menu options.

A Socially Engaged Lifestyle with Respite Care at Saunders House

Respite care at Saunders House provides family caregivers and their loved ones with a break from the typical care routine. Caregivers are afforded some down time and can rest easy, while loved ones benefit from the care, support and socialization provided within our safe, nurturing environment. We give you the time you need to recharge so that you can continue providing the best care for your loved one in the future. 

Loved ones in our care are encouraged to take advantage of the lifestyle offered at Saunders House and are invited to take part in our daily activities and special events. A sampling of our wide-ranging social engagement activities includes: 

  • Arts and crafts programs
  • Music – singing, special performances, percussion group
  • Intergenerational programs with local schools
  • Pet therapy
  • Movies
  • Games
  • Discussion groups
  • Cooking classes
  • Lectures
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Adapted bowling & other sports
  • Dementia programming
  • Special events
  • Active games and adaptive sports
  • Computer and internet access for residents’ use
  • Community outings – field trips, tours, ice cream outings, visits to cultural sites

Adds Susan, “When you entrust your loved one to us for respite care, they will enjoy a whole new world of social activities, events and programs where no two days are the same and each new day offers new experiences, surprises and fun!”

We’d Love to Hear Your Thoughts!

If you have comments or questions about our blog on respite care and social engagement for your loved one, we’d love to hear from you. We also encourage you to share any of your caregiving experiences with us in our comments section.

Discover Our Healthy Tradition of Care and Wellness 

Located adjacent to Lankenau Medical Center, Saunders House – part of Main Line Senior Care Alliance – has a celebrated tradition of providing exceptional care and services to seniors and their families. It’s a tradition we’re proud to continue.

Voted Best of the Main Line 2016 by Loyal Readers, Saunders House offers a range of services – including short-term rehabilitation, traditional nursing care, restorative care, memory care, respite care and specialized care for individuals with visual impairments – all in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing. 

For more information on Saunders House, Respite Care, our Short-Term Rehabilitation program and other professional services, please call us today at (610) 658-5100 or contact us online.

Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Saunders House and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.


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