5 Reasons to Consider Respite Care for a Family Member

Posted by The Pavilion Senior Living Team on Jan 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

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When you're the primary--or even sole--caregiver for a spouse whose health is rapidly deteriorating, you'll quickly discover that burnout is a very real possibility. Respite care, however, can go a long way toward improving your quality of life and your spouse's. If you've been on the fence about investing in respite care, there are several key reasons why it's well worth the investment. 

  1. You'll provide better care for your loved one when you're back with them.

You can't be "on" 24/7, but when you're the sole caregiver, you often have to be! When you opt to pay for respite care, however, you're choosing to invest in high-quality care for your loved one that will allow you to provide better care when you're back with them. When you're able to come back rested and refreshed, you'll be in a better position to handle the responsibility of caring for your spouse. 

  1. It will improve your relationship.

Even the closest of couples will start to get frustrated with one another when they're together round the clock. Your spouse might try their best not to be too demanding, but their needs have to come first--and there will be times when you get frustrated or even angry with the constant demands of caregiving. Not only that, when you're always together, you don't have a chance to miss one another! Taking advantage of respite care can go a long way toward improving your attitude toward one another--and therefore your relationship--during this difficult time. 

  1. You'll feel better knowing you can get out of the house.

When you're the healthy member of the marriage, you may quickly grow tired of the four walls of your home and find yourself desperately wishing you could get out for just a little while. Knowing that respite care is coming will let you relax, reminding you that you'll get a reprieve. You'll be able to get out of the house, take care of some of the things that you need to do, and breathe in fresh air, all while knowing that your spouse is being well taken care of. 

  1. Both of you don't have to miss major events and milestones.

Do you have a child getting married, a grandchild performing in a holiday show, or a major graduation coming up? If so, there's no reason for both of you to miss that milestone moment! When you opt for respite care, you'll know that your spouse is in good hands, and you'll be able to attend that important event guilt-free. Not only will it show your other loved ones that both of you are genuinely invested in their lives, you'll be able to come back and share pictures, stories, and more with your spouse. 

  1. You'll be better able to keep up with your other responsibilities.

Whether that's keeping up with a part-time job that helps provide income, running a few errands outside of the house, or simply taking care of tasks that fall by the wayside when you're busy caring for your spouse, respite care will allow you to keep up with your other responsibilities without feeling as though your spouse isn't receiving adequate care while you're busy with other tasks.

Your spouse is the most important person in your life. Years ago, you promised to care for one another in sickness and in health, and you're doing your best to uphold your end of the bargain. Opting to pay for respite care, however, doesn't mean that you're shirking your duties or passing them off to an alternate caregiver. Instead, it means that you're genuinely committed to taking care of your spouse and providing the best care possible. If you're ready to invest in respite care contact us about our Winter Staycation package today to learn more.

Tags: Respite Care, Caregivers & Caregiving