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How to Balance Holiday Planning with Every Day Caregiving Respite care at Tallgrass Creek offers a solution for seniors and their families.

Balance Holiday PlanningCaregivers of older family members can often feel overwhelmed by their many responsibilities. It’s a normal feeling known as “caregiver burnout.” During the holidays, it can be even more pronounced. In between your usual caregiving duties, you have to find time to shop, cook, clean, travel, and attend to social obligations. That’s why more and more caregivers are turning to senior respite providers like Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park.

A respite from holiday stress
In addition to independent retirement living, this lush, 65-acre community offers a variety of continuing care services, including short-term respite stays for assisted living and memory care. It’s all geared exclusively toward seniors 62-plus. While your loved one enjoys a comfortable stay in a beautiful setting, you can enjoy some extra time to prepare for the season.

One-on-one attention
When choosing a temporary respite care provider, you want to feel confident about the level of attention your loved one will receive. Will they be treated like a unique person and not just a patient? Will the staff honor their personal interests and preferences? At Tallgrass Creek, a multidisciplinary team develops a customized care plan for each guest based on a holistic assessment of physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

An engaging environment
Respite guests enjoy a wealth of amenities and services, including on-site restaurants with chef-prepared meals and stimulating activities like music, art, and fitness. The team takes pride in tailoring meals and programs to each guest’s personal tastes—so that even the shortest respite stay is rewarding, enjoyable, and completely personalized.

Avoiding caregiver burnout
Full-time caregivers deserve some comfort and joy too. Learn to recognize the signs of caregiver burnout, including feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation from friends, and frustration with your loved one. Chat with your doctor about the best ways to ensure your own health and wellbeing, and consider a temporary respite provider like Tallgrass Creek. Reduce your holiday stress before it starts.

5 tips to reduce caregiver stress:
• Take time for you. Set aside time to read, walk, or watch a favorite show.
• Try laughter therapy. Watch a comedy or call a friend who makes you laugh.
• Eat, sleep, exercise. Don’t neglect your own health and wellbeing.
• Join a support group. Share your feelings with people who understand.
• Ask for help. It’s okay to lean on friends, family, and other providers.

1-800-609-9620
13800 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, Kansas 66223
www.EricksonLiving.com/Tallgrass-Creek

Your Tallgrass Creek Medical Provider

Austin T. Welsh, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Welsh received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and his medical degree from Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Welsh is Board Certified in Family Practice with added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine; he trained at the Geriatrics Fellowship program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii. He joined Tallgrass Creek in October 2007.

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