senior woman being served dinner Caring for an older loved one is an honorable undertaking, but the responsibility can become a full-time job. Seniors dealing with illness, injury or the natural effects of aging require a lot of attention so in the process of meeting their needs, it’s easy to forget your own health.

Working, taking care of your own children and watching over a senior can be a serious test. If you’re feeling mentally or physically worn down, it’s time to think about respite care.

What Is Respite?

When caring for a loved one at home, you’ll eventually need a break. Whether it’s a planned vacation or a spontaneous week to relax, a skilled nursing facility can look after your family member while you take time to recoup. You can rest assured your loved one is safe and receiving professional care.

If you notice the following signs, it may be time for a break.

Irritable Behavior

When a loved one displays symptoms of memory loss, it can be hard to maintain patience. We’re often too close to the person to remain understanding all the time.

If you find yourself becoming increasingly irritable when caring for a loved one with early-stage Alzheimer’s, it’s time for a break or to consider professional care. The staff at Avon Health Center are specially trained to provide compassionate dementia care.


As new parents come to find out, caring for another person is tiring. On top of the physical demands, the worry you feel about your loved one’s condition can lead to mental exhaustion. Fatigue is very common among those caring for a senior and it can manifest itself in many ways, including insomnia, poor diet or cognitive problems. If you’re feeling burned out, make respite care your top priority.

Mood Swings

Emotions play a major role in caring for a loved one. When you’re in charge of someone else’s health, it can be difficult to keep your feelings in check. Watching someone suffer from dementia or another age-related illness is not easy and eventually, it takes a toll. If you find your situation causing unusual mood swings, you owe it to the family to take time off.
Are you the caregiver of an aging loved one? Avon Health Center has over 65 years’ experience providing high-quality health care services. To learn more about respite and long-term care, contact us today!