When you're the primary--or even sole--caregiver for a spouse or family member whose health is 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 family member'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 or family member.
2. It will improve your relationship.
Even the closest of families will start to get frustrated with one another when they're together round the clock. Your spouse or family member 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.
3. You'll feel better knowing you can get out of the house.
As a caregiver, you may quickly grow tired of the four walls of your home and find yourself 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 or family member is being well taken care of.
4. 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? When you opt for respite care, you'll know that your spouse or family member is in good hands, and you'll be able to attend those important events.
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 family member.
5. 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 or family member, 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 loved one is one of the most important people in your life. 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 family member and providing the best care possible.
If you're ready to invest in respite care, contact us to learn more!