Often, when we find ourselves in a position where we are responsible for taking care of older or ill family members, our desire is to care for them ourselves. Unfortunately, it's not always easy. Many caregivers discover that along with the rewards, this demanding role is physically and emotionally draining as well.
In order to give the best care possible, caregivers must also take care of themselves. That's why understanding and planning for respite care can help create a less stressful experience for both caregiver and patient. How does respite care help and what is a respite care plan?
Whether it’s for a few hours to run weekly errands or as long as a few weeks to take a much-needed rest, respite care offers you the chance to recuperate and be your best. A well thought out plan can address the needs of both the caregiver and patient to ensure the best and appropriate respite experience.
The first thing to remember when planning for respite care is to assess your needs as a caregiver. Then consider your loved one’s requirements and preferences. Most importantly, include your loved one in the decision-making process. For more tips on how to create a respite plan, check out this article from AARP.