Often caregivers skip over the idea of respite care because they’re convinced that it won’t help them or it’s not worth the effort. The reality is that respite care offers you so many benefits as a caregiver. You might not even realize how powerful some of these benefits are until you allow yourself to experience them.
Time Just for You
Respite time is time in which you’re not beholden to anyone else at all. You’ve got time to refresh yourself and to renew your zest for being a caregiver. You can’t keep your nose to the grindstone every day all day long and expect that you never need rest. Respite care gives you that chance to stop and take a breath.
A Change of Scenery
When you’re in one place all the time, you tend to get stuck in your routines and in what’s expected of you. It’s difficult to have different thoughts or even to relax when you’re in the same environment constantly. Having time away from caregiving allows you to have a change of scenery, too. It’s a great idea to actually leave as often as you can when you’ve got respite coverage.
A Chance to Do Something You Enjoy
Chances are very good that you’ve given up on a lot of what you used to love doing. Having time just for yourself means that you can explore those activities again and give yourself an opportunity to branch out and find new activities that you might love just as much. Without respite care, you might not allow yourself that sort of latitude.
Opportunities to Interact with Other People
You’re probably also limiting the number of other people you’re around on a daily basis. This can be something that happens gradually and it’s not a great habit to get into. Isolation can lead to other problems, like depression. Having the opportunity to get out now and again allows you to interact with lots of other people as much as you’re comfortable doing. When you come back, you’ll be there because you want to be and you most likely will have missed your senior.
If you’ve been dragging your feet about the idea of respite time, it might be a good idea to go ahead and hire home care providers. They can step in and help you to get the biggest and best benefits out of having even a little bit of time to yourself each week.
For home care in Mt. Laurel, NJ, and the surrounding areas, call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 720-0100.
Home to Stay Senior Care Solutions is owned and operated by the Dubler and Skole Families and was started because of experiences they had with their own Families. In one situation Mom was living alone and had a fall. It was not until this fall that the family realized they were unprepared.
When it was time for their Mom to come home, she needed companion and personal care to assist her and prevent another accident. Like most people in this situation, they were confused and did not know where to go for help. It was this life-changing experience that lead to starting a home care company that is focused on enabling those who wish to stay at home and age in place.
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