Caring full time for a family member or loved one can be both challenging and rewarding. There's no shame in recognizing that you need a break from time to time.
Taking time to refresh and reset can ensure that you are able to better care for your loved one.
If you don't have another family member or trusted friend to step in for you while you take some time away, respite care may be just the option that you need!
When deciding on the best approach for respite care, there are a few things to consider:
Do you want caregivers to be in your home while you are away? Many home health agencies specialize in short term respite care. However, if you are planning to leave town, having someone in your home while you're gone may not sit well with you. This option can be a great help if you plan to stay home, and just need a break from the physical caregiving responsibilities from time to time.
Are you looking for day time only options, or do you need longer term overnight stay options? Many assisted living facilities and personal care homes offer respite care at their facility. This is a great option to allow you to leave town, take a vacation, or attend a family function without worrying about your home. In many cases, once your loved one stays the first time, you can bypass the admission process and just schedule future visits. Sometimes a short day visit is all that's needed for caregivers to go to their own appointments, catch a lunch date, get a massage, or even catch up on housework.
Does your loved one require skilled nursing services or just assistance with daily living? Knowing what agencies provide the specific care you need is the best place to start. Services like A Place for Mom are designed to help you find the best place in your area for whatever situation works best for you and your loved one.
Respite care gives you the opportunity to rest and refresh. Caregiver burnout is a very real thing and without proper self-care, you won't be able to carry the burden of 24/7 caregiving for very long.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Caregivers carry an immense burden that can take a toll mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Caregiving for a loved one is truly a blessing. The gift of caring for others is one of the highest callings on a person's life. Taking time to care for yourself helps you to better take care of others!
If you're in the North Georgia Mountain area and are considering respite care for your loved one, give us a call at (706) 745-7703! We offer daily, weekly, or month-to-month respite care options!