Short-term respite care offers options for seniors and their families

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in July

Summer and fall are the perfect time for a vacation to get away and recharge your batteries, but you care for your elderly parents, what can you do? Perhaps you or your loved one is having an outpatient procedure and isn't comfortable returning home. Where can you go?


Well, CHI Living Communities St. Clare Commons in Perrysburg, just minutes from Levis Commons shopping and entertainment center, may have the answer with their short-term respite care for seniors.

Offered in their assisted living senior community, guests can utilize as little or as much physical and medical assistance as they need. As a respite-care guest, one can take full advantage of all the services and amenities that St. Clare Commons has to offer, including executive chef-prepared choice dining, barber/beauty salon, StarbucksTM coffee shop, relaxing on the patio, and plenty of activities.

“What our guests really appreciate are the social, recreational, spiritual, and cultural activities we offer. You can take an art class, join us for drinks at Happy Hour, enjoy entertainment throughout the week, take an exercise class, go to Mass, or attend a prayer service. There is so much for our seniors to do,” explained Michael Freeman, Executive Director for St. Clare Commons.

Respite care can be for seven to 30 days. “Often a senior will have an outpatient procedure and is not comfortable with returning home. Their adult child’s work schedule may not permit them to be with them 24/7. We can provide the assistance they need in one of our respite apartments. Also, if their recovery requires rehab, we have rehabilitation services on our premises, seven days a week,” said Freeman.

St. Clare Commons earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Nursing Care Center Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient and resident care.

“The Gold Seal of Approval is not mandatory for nursing homes. Rather it shows St. Clare Commons is committed to quality care that goes beyond what is mandated. That’s why our respite guests are in the best of hands,” explained Freeman.

Respite care can provide more than just assistance; it also encourages socialization for seniors—a chance to make new friends and spend time with people their own age in a safe, supportive environment. Seniors can participate in activities designed to match their personal interests and hobbies.

For some adult children it is the perfect opportunity to show Mom and/or Dad exactly what a senior living community has to offer.

“Several of our residents at St. Clare Commons started as respite guests. It provided them the chance to see what it was like, to make some friends, and realize all the socialization they were missing,” added Freeman.

St. Clare Commons nurtures the healing ministry of the Church through comprehensive and spiritually enriching services for seniors of all faiths including Masses, sacraments, and Protestant prayer services. They are committed to creating an environment where home is truly here for all who enter.

Located at 12469 Five Point Road in Perrysburg, the 55-acre St. Clare Commons campus is adjacent to the St. John XXIII Catholic Community. Close to shopping, dining, and entertainment, St. Clare Commons offers a continuum of care including assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation services. To learn more about St. Clare Commons, call 419-931-0050 for a tour or go to Follow them on Facebook.❦