As a caregiver, it’s important to plan time for yourself, even if it’s only a mini vacation. Caring for your elderly or disabled loved one is a huge responsibility; it can be mentally, physically, and emotionally draining – especially if you don’t have a support system. Be sure to plan some type of vacation before you become mentally exhausted or experience burnout.
Your role as a primary caregiver can be all consuming. Before you know it, you may start to wonder what happened to your life. That's why taking a break periodically is so important, even if it's only for a day. Hopefully, you can make it longer!
First things first though. Before you can think about when you'll take that break, you must make arrangements for your elderly or disabled loved one's care while you are away. So what are the options?
Adult Day Care
If you just need a few hours each day to take care of you and/or your family, an adult daycare service may be the answer. Your loved one will be cared for by professionals and participate in planned activities. Most adult daycare facilities allow for drop ins and you are not obligated to a long-term commitment. In some cases (such as Helping Hands Adult Day Services), you can even take a test drive before you make a final decision.
Sending your loved one to an adult daycare center allows you time to take a "staycation." You can use the time to get extra rest, explore what's available in your area - such as a visit to a local museum or an art exhibit, spend time with friends, a breakfast or lunch date, etc.
If you're planning to be away for a week or so, an assisted living facility may be the answer for you. Norfield Acres Assisted Living provides up to Level II care for its residents and they also have access to adult daycare services at our Capitol Heights, MD location.
Of course the easiest option would be to have someone else come into your home and care for your loved one. In this scenario, your loved one would not have to adjust to new surroundings, just someone different or in the case of hiring an agency, someone new. There are advantages and disadvantages to this option as your substitute would have to be updated with your loved one’s routines and there would be an outsider in your home.
Regardless of which option you select, the idea is for you to feel refreshed and renewed to your commitment to being a caregiver for your loved one.