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Four Things You Need to Know about Respite Care

Respite care might be something that you’ve been avoiding, especially if you feel as if you don’t fully understand what it can do for you and for your senior. But as a caregiver, you cannot continue to ignore the benefits of respite care.

Senior Care Dover MA - Four Things You Need to Know about Respite Care

Senior Care Dover MA – Four Things You Need to Know about Respite Care

You Absolutely Need a Break

Whether you realize it or not, you need a break occasionally from caregiving. You cannot keep pushing yourself day in and day out and never take some time away. You might be worried about taking the time that you need and that absolutely makes sense. But never doubt that you do occasionally need your own time.

Your Senior Needs a Break, Too

On the flip side of that coin, your senior needs a break from you now and again, too. It’s not because she doesn’t care about you or that she’s irritated by you. It’s because everyone needs a break from routine now and again, even your senior. This can do a world of good for her, just as it can for you. When you come back, you’ll both be happier to see each other.

You Can Adjust the Schedule

Lots of caregivers feel as if they need to have a set schedule in order for respite time to be effective. While a routine can help your aging family member to feel more comfortable and can fit in with the rest of your obligations, you can adjust respite time to fit your needs. You don’t have to adhere to a schedule someone else is setting out for you.

You Don’t Have to Have a Reason

Something else that you might not realize is that you don’t have to have a reason in order to set up respite care. Just wanting to get away is perfectly valid. Going home and taking a nap with respite time is perfectly valid. If all you want to do is go somewhere and stare at nothing, that’s still perfectly valid. You don’t have to justify any time that you take away from being a caregiver. That’s likely going to feel a little difficult at first, which is why practicing helps.

Hiring senior care providers to take over as respite care when you need to be elsewhere is just a smart decision. They have the experience to help you and your senior to feel more comfortable about you spending time away. What you need is to be able to delegate and to relax while you’re elsewhere.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Dover MA, or anywhere in Eastern Massachusetts, please call the caring staff at CARE Resolutions – (508) 906-5572.

Erica Tomasello, CEO

Erica Tomasello, has a background in Education and Clinical Psychology. She has worked with her mother for years, developing Care Resolutions into a premiere agency. Erica, and in turn, the agency's staff, continue to expand their knowledge with the ever growing development of understanding the aging process and geriatric disease. We are a member with Home Care Association of America and NFIB. We are also affiliated with NASW, National Association of Professional and Executive Women, Alzheimer's Partnership, Alzheimer's Association of Mass, MA Council for Home Care Aides.

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