The Importance Of Vacations For Caregivers
By AmeriCare, June 28, 2012
No one deserves (needs, rather) a vacation more than a family caregiver. Just take a poll and you’ll find that family caregivers are among the most stressed out and time starved people on the planet. For many it’s like working two full-time jobs, it’s just that one only pays in peace of mind.
Burnout is common among family caregivers, and when this occurs, the individual is often no longer capable of providing the type of care that their loved one really needs. So, no matter how impossible taking a vacation may seem, it is essential to one’s health, well-being, and overall ability to provide quality care.
It’s time we clear up some of the common excuses caregivers use for not taking vacations, so you can start clearing your calendar.
- “No one else can provide the care I can.” While you may be more familiar with your loved ones routine than anyone else, that doesn’t mean you’re the only one who can provide proper care. Don’t hesitate to ask other family members, friends, or neighbors for help. Or, elicit the help of a home care provider and establish a relationship with a professional caregiver. At AmeriCare, we have flexible schedules and are happy to provide a compatible caregiver to care for your loved one any time you’re away.
- “What if something happens?” Now is that any way to live our lives? “Something” can happen at any point of any day regardless of how careful we are, or vigilant our care. Besides, it’s not as though you’re asking your loved one to fend for him or herself while you’re away. Whether it’s with a family member, friend, caregiver, or combination of volunteers, your loved one will be sufficiently safe and comfortable for the few days, or longer, that it takes to recharge.
- “I can’t enjoy myself when they are so sick.” It is hard to allow yourself enjoyment when someone you love struggles. However, you can only help them by providing positive energy and strength, not shared suffering. Giving yourself permission to enjoy yourself can enhance the care you provide.
A caregiver’s quality of life and emotional well-being are essential to their quality of care. While some caregivers perceive a vacation to be self-indulgent given the circumstances, that simply isn’t true. By addressing one’s own needs, caregivers are better able to meet the needs of others.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss short, or long term home care solutions. Our compassionate network of caregivers will help provide peace of mind while you enjoy your time away.
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