There are a lot of reasons you might believe you can’t take respite care, but most of those are probably excuses.
Thinking Breaks Are More Work
For a lot of caregivers, the belief that taking a break is more work and more stress than not taking one is a difficult belief to get around. There is a lot of preparation that you might need to pay attention to in order to take a break, but that’s all worth the effort. You’re doing yourself more harm by not taking that time than you realize.
Thinking You Have to Just Handle it All
If you’re a caregiver, you might start to believe that you’ve got to be the one to handle everything. No matter what problem pops up, that means you’re on deck. But other people really can resolve problems, even if you’re not there to guide them. At some point you might need to simply step back and see how others would approach that issue and just let them handle it.
Thinking Your Senior Will Shut Breaks Down
You might already believe that your senior is against the idea of you being away. That might even be true, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve to have any breaks at all. If she’s honest, your elderly family member doesn’t want you to put yourself in jeopardy just to keep you there every moment of every day. Talk with her about how she’s feeling and why you taking a break is scary for her. You might be able to find a solution that works for both of you.
Believing There’s No One Who Can Help
Closely related to some of the other mistaken beliefs you might have is that there’s absolutely no one who can help. You might spice that up with a little bit of believing that only you can help your elderly family member. The problem is that even if there aren’t family members who can help, that doesn’t mean there’s no one at all who can help. And you might know your senior best, but that doesn’t mean you’re the only one who can help her.
Once you can recognize the excuses that are keeping you from taking the respite time you need, you can start to do something about it. It might be time to just hire elder care providers, step out of the way, and let them take over for an afternoon or so a week. You might just see it’s not as scary as you thought.
If you or an aging loved one is considering elderly care in Freeport, ME, please contact the caring staff at CareTree Healthcare today. Call today! 207-899-0774.
The story behind CareTree is one of empathy, caring and compassion. Every team member, from our key office staff to our network of caregivers, has experienced first hand the frustration, confusion, and helplessness that families go through when watching a loved one lose independence and pride with aging. Everyone on our team is here to make a difference in the lives of families throughout Maine, ensuring you never have to experience those same feelings and always feel that you are part of the CareTree family.