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Submitted by Paige Fairbanks-Gunn, Koelsch Senior Communities

Respite care is short-term inpatient care provided to an individual when necessary to relieve family members or a patient coming out of the hospital who still needs care before going home. Those who can benefit from respite care are often so immersed in caregiving and immediate concerns that they may be unfamiliar with the benefits of a program that can provide them with crucial relief.

A few of the benefits of respite care include the following:

  • Assistance for a loved one after a hospital stay or during an illness
  • A short break for family members
  • A trial stay prior to a permanent move
  • Needed support and care when you want to get away

There are several communities in the Phoenix area that provide exceptional respite care. Look to see if they include 24-hour, licensed nurses, which is an added bonus. These communities are able to offer a safe, nurturing environment and professional staff who support the needs of you or your loved one. Respite also offers a way to spend time socializing with staff and other residents. This also creates an ambience where all residents can thrive.

The respite stay typically begins with a detailed nurse assessment to create an individualized care plan. The Care Plan may include 24-hour nursing, medication management, diabetes management that includes insulin injections and monitoring, wound care, catheter care, ostomy care, and more. It also provides meals; personal care activities; laundry; housekeeping; furnished rooms in beautifully appointed surroundings; daily activities that benefit mind, body, and spirit that are also engaging; and a caring, trained staff that is available 24 hours a day. Assisted Living and Memory Care services are typically offered.

For patients who are released from the hospital and still need assistance, look for a community that offers unparalleled care at an affordable price. If you have had a stay in the hospital and are ready to be discharged, getting extra support might help to boost your recovery, rebuild your confidence, and, thus, give you a better chance of living safely at home again.
Call to reserve your respite stay over the holidays!

At Koelsch Senior Communities, our experienced staff can ease your mind by facilitating the move-in process and, in many cases, accommodate “express move-ins” in one day! Stop by or call to schedule a tour at one of our three properties, Scottsdale Amber Creek Inn: 480-471-8265; Chandler Copper Creek Inn: 480-634-4191, or Mesa Silver Creek Inn: 480-636-1222. Visit www.koelschseniorcommunities.com to learn more.