Planning a Summer Respite Stay

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Are you planning a family vacation this summer and need a safe place for a senior loved one to stay? Respite is the ideal solution for you!

Respite services offer a care solution for older adults and people with a disability who need extra support on a short-term basis. Your loved one can enjoy a short-term stay with us while you relax and enjoy your vacation knowing they are in good hands.

What to Know about Respite Care

A respite stay in a senior living community offers all of the services and amenities our long-term residents enjoy. Most senior living communities allow respite residents to stay from a few days or up to one month.

What’s Included?

  • Fully furnished room to enjoy
  • Three well-balanced meals each day and healthy snacks between meals, special diet accommodations
  • Assistance with personal care needs such as bathing, grooming, toileting, and dressing
  • Support managing medications to ensure the correct dose of is taken at the right time
  • Around-the-clock clinical team
  • Laundry and housekeeping services provided
  • Daily life enrichment activities

Prepare for a Respite Stay

Senior living communities will require some information prior to a respite stay and while it may vary by community, generally patients will need to provide:

  • Completion of financial application
  • Recent Physician visit, current medication list and completed H & P form (provided)
  • Dates needed for Respite Care Stay
  • Private payers – payment covering room and board expenses for identified dates
  • Medicaid payers – plans will be confirmed beforehand

What should you pack?

Most senior living communities will encourage you to bring a few of your loved one’s favorite belongings to help their apartment feel more like home. It could be something as simple as their favorite throw and a few framed family photos. You should also bring:

  • Clothing items
  • Home medications in original bottles with instructions and dosages
  • Durable medical equipment utilized in the home


It is always best to schedule a respite stay as soon as you know the dates for your vacation. Summer is a busy time for respite and you will want to make sure the community you like has space available.

Contact an Optalis Community near you.