Sometimes an aging loved one needs a place to stay for just a brief time. Just because the length of the visit is short, that doesn’t mean that you or they should ever have to worry about the quality of services and care. You can find respite care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, strokes, cancer and general disabilities. Respite care can also help the actual caregivers who are more likely to experience depression and suffer intense levels of stress. Having a loved spend some time in respite care can have the following benefits for the caregiver.
Space: Distancing yourself from your situation, even if it’s just for a few hours, gives you the chance to be “off” for a while, so you can relax and be at ease.
Energy: Balancing the responsibilities in your life can drain you of energy. But taking a break every now and again can allow you to re-energize and be more effective in what you do.
Social Engagement: Caregivers suffer from social isolation as much as their loved ones do. It’s important to spend time with your friends and family and keep your social ties healthy.
Renewal: Doing what brings you joy can calm your nerves, decrease your heart rate and improve your mood. Pursuing what you love can be rejuvenating and give you peace of mind.
Personal Pleasure: No matter what our responsibilities, everyone has the right to enjoy life. Having time to do as you please allows for purposeful, fulfilled living.
Identity: You are more than just your loved one’s caregiver. It’s important to maintain your sense of self and take care of your personal needs and desires.
Perspective: Spending time away from caregiving can allow you to see things more clearly, gain a better perspective and decompress. Having time to rest can even help you think of new ideas or resources.