Respite care, also known as: relief care, offers family caregivers a chance to step back and take a break from the caregiving situation. These services and amenities available to respite residents, as well as, long-term assisted living residents.
If you are a caregiver, I am sure you would agree that there have been days that test your limits. If you have children, you care for them. If you have aging parents or relatives, you care for them, as well. When you find yourself in both situations, you find yourself sandwiched between two caretaking roles — caring for your family and your aging parents. Both roles are very different, yet equally important and time consuming.
When you are in this situation, it’s hard to think of your own needs at a time when others need you. You might feel guilty, as if you are neglecting your loved ones, BUT this cannot be farther from the truth. Respite care offers family caregivers relief from caregiving, allowing them to recharge and reset emotionally as well as physically to avoid caregiver burnout.
Remember, respite care is not about abandoning or “passing off” your family caregiving roles. It’s about finding the right balance for your family and your peace of mind. You put so much time and energy into caring for your loved ones; you deserve to care for yourself a little bit, too.