Caring for a Loved One
includes Caring for Yourself
Caretaking can provide meaningful responsibility – but that responsibility comes with a demanding cost of your personal time and constant attention. Family caregivers often dedicate all their energy to meeting the needs of their loved one, yet jeopardize their own health and emotional well-being in the process.
It's important to realize that respite care is an essential piece to providing the best overall care for an older adult. Let's say you work 40 hours each week at your dream job. Would it be wrong to take a weekend off? Would it mean you loved your job less? Stepping back from the on-going work of caregiving will ensure that you remain healthy, happy and helpful to your loved one.
Respite care allows a spouse or adult daughter or son to take a well-deserved break to tend to their own needs. Many times this includes your own trip to the doctor, an opportunity to run errands without rush or simply to meet a friend. At A Helping Hand, we know a family's health and well-being is crucial to proving the best possible care for an older adult, and we can provide you with regularly scheduled breaks from this work.
Finding the right respite caregiver can be a daunting process. We encourage you to sit down with family members, friends and any other individuals involved in your caregiving process and talk through your options for everyone's best health. When you're ready, our staff can create a respite plan – or simply start with more information – that's right for everyone.
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