We all need a break once in awhile. Even the most beautiful place on earth grows tiring when you’re living in it day in and day out. It’s human nature to need a break.
But when something is difficult, the need to step away becomes even more needed. Caregiving is difficult at best. If you don’t take some time for yourself, rest, relax, and give yourself some breathing space, you’ll pay the consequences down the road.
Respite care is about giving yourself that much needed break. Options for respite care range from family and friends helping out for a short time period to formal contracts with in home caregivers. Here are a few tips to help give you the backup you need.
Respite Care Option #1: Family and Friends
Family and friends often work together to see their loved one through the caregiving process. You’ll get the break you deserve and they will get much needed time with a favorite relative or an old friend. It’s also the easiest to find. Ask the person you are caring for who they miss the most or who they would like to spend more time with. Then reach out to them and ask if they are willing to lend a hand. Be specific about the requirements while you are away. [Read more…]