We know how tough being a primary caregiver can be. You dedicate so many hours to looking after your loved one as well as handling your own responsibilities, and perhaps even maintaining a job at the same time. Caregivers spend so much of their time looking after others that looking after themselves can easily slip through the cracks.
This is where respite care can help. Read on to find out more about respite care and how
It can help you manage your life and caregiving responsibilities.
What is respite care?
Respite care gives caregivers a break from their daily duties for a short period of time. It may involve a professional carer coming to your home to provide care, or you might take your loved one to a care home for a few days. In the meantime, you can take some time for yourself to rest, relax, enjoy yourself, or take care of any responsibilities that you haven’t had time for. This is suitable for memory care, rehabilitative care, and lots of other needs.
What are the benefits of respite care?
Taking the time to look after yourself makes you a better caregiver in the long-run. If you try to do too much and don’t take the necessary breaks, then you could end up becoming burned out and exhausted. In this state, you could make mistakes and it could lead to mental and physical health problems for yourself. When you come back after respite care, you’ll be refreshed and renewed, ready to take your responsibilities back on.
Caregiving shouldn’t be your entire life, so respite care is a great way to let you enjoy your life outside of these duties. You can reconnect with friends you don’t get to see often, spend time on a hobby, take a vacation, or simply take some time alone.
How to arrange respite care
There are lots of agencies and independent providers that can help you arrange respite care in the US. Assess the needs of your loved one to decide whether in-home or out-of-home respite care is best for them. Then, do some research and compare your options to find the best provider. It helps to make a note of all your daily responsibilities and activities, and all your loved one’s needs so that the interim carer knows what they need to do.
If you’re struggling to manage your caregiving responsibilities, then you should look into respite care as a form of relief. Alternatively, consider whether it’s time to look into assisted living for your loved one. Get in touch with Bermuda Village to find out about our assisted and independent living community in Bermuda Run, NC.