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Respite: Enjoy a Guilt-free Time-out
Think about these principals to ensure your guilt-free
I am entitled to take care of myself.
I am worthy of a break.
I am showing my commitment to my caregiver role when I
take steps like respite care to ensure that continued
quality care is delivered to my loved one.
It is OK to relax and enjoy other aspects of my life.
It is OK to take a break and recharge my energies.
It is OK to maintain as much normalcy in my life as
It is OK to continue to dream.
If roles were reversed, there is no question I would
want my loved one to have respite.
It is right and responsible of me to also have respite.
Some short-term respite solutions include enlisting
another family member, neighbor, or friend to stay with
your loved one for a few hours several times a week.
This offers an opportunity to the caregiver to have a
“mini respite”. Activities can include, going shopping,
to a movie, getting your hair done or having a pampering
facial. For many who are not comfortable leaving their
family member for longer than a few hours, this is an
excellent way to recharge the batteries, and at the same
time, do some SPECIAL for you.
Often it is just doing a little something extra like
this that can make all the difference to a caregiver who
is feeling the stain in all that they have to do each
Another option, one that I highly recommend to all
caregivers is the scheduled respite in which your loved
one is entrusted into the care of a respite service
center, or perhaps another family member will take on
the role while you have a much needed rest.
Respite centers offer temporary residents a variety of
services that meet all of their needs. From
around-the-clock medical care to recreational
activities, vacationing family members will be put at
ease knowing that their relative is well taken care of
during their absence.
You can begin to locate respite centers, or respite
services in your area by contacting your local bureau on
aging. They can direct you to any services available.
They can also provide information on what Medicare and
Medicaid will cover. Another resource might be your
religious community. Your local social service agency,
the local chapters of Alzheimer’s Association, Easter
Seals, or Mental Health agency are all resources that
can help you to find the right respite care for you.
So go ahead make a decision today to plan for the
respite our so richly deserve, and need! You will be
glad you did. And if you have not had a respite before,
you are going to wonder what took you so long!