What is Respite? How Does it Work at Bristol Glen?


Are you a dedicated family caregiver who needs a break from caregiving in order to recharge, travel for work, or to take a family vacation? Or is your senior loved one interested in trying out a senior living community before committing to making the move OR before making this important commitment?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, respite care is the ideal solution for your senior loved one. Here is how respite care works at our assisted living community in Sussex County, NJ.

Why opt for respite care?

Respite care is a senior care service where a qualified and experienced caregiver takes over the care of your loved one temporarily. At Bristol Glen, this means moving into our beautiful assisted living community as a temporary resident, whether it’s for a week or a month.

Respite is a useful support service for family caregivers, and is often used in situations where:

  • Your loved one temporarily needs a higher level of skilled nursing care or assistance (bathing, medication management, or wound care) after an illness or surgery
  • You are going on holiday and need a professional caregiver to take over temporarily
  • You need to take a break from caregiving in order to regroup and recharge
  • Because you are ill/unable to care for your loved one temporarily

It’s also a great way to explore the option of moving into assisted living permanently. As a respite care resident, your loved one gets to experience exactly what it’s like to live full-time in an assisted living community – to try out the food, see the apartments and community areas, and get to know associates and other residents.

A respite stay is commitment-free, so it eliminates a lot of the worry and concern that can come with considering a move to a senior living community. It’s one of the best ways to give seniors and their families a clear idea of what these communities are really like.

Here’s how respite care works at Bristol Glen

Located in a beautiful natural setting, Bristol Glen consistently works to create a vibrant community that is both safe and full of activity. We encourage independent and abundant senior living, with spacious apartments, communal areas, and active event calendars. Our dining room is even catered by award-winning chefs!

As a respite resident, your senior loved one will experience the community to its fullest. Whether they need skilled nursing care 24 hours a day, or they are looking for a way to meet people and have a full social life, Bristol Glen can tailor care accordingly to the respite resident.

Residents have plenty of choices in terms of what activities they prefer, how much assistance they want with daily tasks, and how they want to participate in our community. It’s all about creating the most independent lifestyle possible, with options that adhere to each personality type, medical need, and social interest.

We’re as dedicated to supporting the loved ones of our residents as we are to our residents themselves. Focusing on our goal of providing family members with excellent communication and peace of mind, we have introduced the latest technology (iPads, tablets) to each resident for easy contact with their families, no matter where they are in the world.

Want to find out more about respite care at UMC at Bristol Glen?

If you’d like to find out more about how respite care works and how it can benefit both you and your loved one, please contact United Methodist Communities today or visit our website at: https://umcommunities.org/bristolglen/

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    Newton, NJ 07860

    Phone: 973-300-5788

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