You might not think about it this way, but if you take the time to get ready to take respite time, you’re more likely to follow through. This is an important addition to your situation as a caregiver because it gives you a chance to step back for a little while.
Make Respite a Priority.
If you never prioritize respite time, it’s amazing how rarely you will experience it as a caregiver. Respite is something that you have to consciously decide is important to you. The reason for that is because we make the time for things that we view as important. Once you make that conscious shift, you’ll view respite time differently.
Get Past the Belief that You Can Do it All.
Caregivers are prone to believing that they can do everything on their own. But you don’t have to do that and sticking to that belief is damaging for you as a caregiver. Just as you want your elderly family member to be open to the help that you’re offering to her, you also need to be open to receiving help. It’s there for you in the form of home care providers, but you need to accept the need.
Stand Your Ground.
Very often family caregivers are up against themselves and their beliefs as well as the opinions of other family members. Your own aging adult could also be against the idea of you taking time away. This is a lot for you to stand your ground against. If you’ve done the work of making respite time a priority, though, it’s going to be easier for you to take the time that you need to take.
Leave Plenty of Information.
The more information that home care providers and other people who take over for you have the better job they’ll be able to do in caring for your aging adult. You can build up your information file over time so that it’s less intimidating. You will also be able to spot gaps in the information you’re leaving so that you cover all your bases.
If you’re not at the point where you’re ready to take respite time, tackle at least a small part of the process. Start an information file. Figure out what it would take to prioritize respite time. Tackling these smaller pieces can help you to still make progress toward eventually taking some time away from caregiving.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregiver services in Cranford, NJ, call the caring staff at Helping Hands Home Care today at 908-418-4299. Providing Home Care Services in all of Northern and Central NJ, including Clark, Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Linden, Summit, Edison, Elizabeth, Mountainside and the surrounding areas.
After graduating from Seton Hall University with a BS in finance Helping Hands Homecare’s Owner / President, Robert D’Arienzo, went to work on Wall St. for six years. However, after Robert’s grandmother became ill with stomach cancer Robert and his family needed to find assistance in the home for her. After many trials and tribulations Robert could see that there was a great need for quality home care services here in NJ and loved the idea of being able to assist other families who were going through what his family went through with his beloved grandmother.
Thus, Robert had found his passion. After almost a year of preparation Robert opened Helping Hands Homecare in 2003. Robert wanted Helping Hands Homecare to focus on providing the highest quality of caregivers, exceptional customer service, and providing a service that familys could depend on in their time of need. Since then Helping Hands has assisted hundreds of individuals with the simplest of needs to more complex cases while preserving those standards set out many years ago.
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