If your loved one is experiencing memory challenges or needs assistance with the activities of daily living, you may be caring for them by yourself, or you may have already taken the leap to hire an in-home caregiver. Although in-home care is a great choice for many, there are instances where relocating your loved one to a retirement community can drastically improve their care and quality of life. But how do you know when that is the right decision? The experts at Copper Canyon Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Tucson, Arizona, are here to help you decide.
Your in-home care has served your loved one well. But as your loved one ages or their condition progresses, they may need more assistance than in-home care can provide. You or their in-home caregiver may not be able to be with your loved one around the clock. That means multiple people—family, friends, or hired caregivers—must be available when your loved one needs medication, assistance with house chores, meals, or other help.
When your loved one needs round-the-clock assistance or more than one person to help them, a retirement community may be the best option. At an assisted living or memory care community, your loved one is never alone, and you have complete peace of mind. Copper Canyon’s trained and licensed staff is available 24/7, ensuring that your loved one receives the assistance that they need at any time of the day or night.
If you’ve been the sole caregiver for your loved one, you’ve done your best to ensure they get the best care. But if you’re not a professional caregiver, it can be difficult to manage their care and treatment plan on your own. There are medications, appointments, lifestyle factors, and personal care activities to assist them with, in addition to the responsibilities of your own life. If you’re finding it difficult to implement your loved one’s recommended care and treatment plans, it’s time to get help.
The professionals at Copper Canyon are experts at ensuring that your loved one adheres to all their medical and lifestyle recommendations. You can rest easy knowing that your loved one is receiving customized, Person-Centered Care.
Because we love our friends and family, we do everything we can to help them. We cook for them, clean their homes, go shopping for them, take them to appointments, and keep them company when they’re no longer able to attend social events like they used to.
But all these additional activities, coupled with the emotional strain of caring for a loved one, can lead to a phenomenon called Caregiver Burnout. According to WebMD, Caregiver Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t receive needed support, or if they repeatedly exceed their physical or financial capabilities. Caregivers can experience fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression, and often feel guilty if they spend time on themselves rather than with their loved ones.
If you ignore the signs of burnout, you risk decreasing the quality of your loved one’s care, resenting your loved one, or otherwise damaging your relationship. If you are experiencing Caregiver Burnout, it may be time to relocate your loved one to a retirement community.
While in-home care may keep your loved one in an environment with which they’re familiar, there are distinct lifestyle advantages to relocating them to a retirement community. At Copper Canyon, they’ll experience spacious, comfortable accommodations, deliciously prepared meals, beautiful grounds, and friendly, caring neighbors and staff. This can be a major upgrade from the monotony and potential loneliness of in-home care.
And you can still see and speak to them as often as you like! Copper Canyon staff will happily help you arrange a video call or safe in-person visit with your loved one once state and local mandates allow.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Copper Canyon, contact our friendly team today.