You might not think about it this way, but if you take the time to get ready to take respite time, you’re more likely to follow through. This is an important addition to your situation as a caregiver because it gives you a chance to step back for a little while.
Make Respite a Priority.
If you never prioritize respite time, it’s amazing how rarely you will experience it as a caregiver. Respite is something that you have to consciously decide is important to you. The reason for that is because we make the time for things that we view as important. Once you make that conscious shift, you’ll view respite time differently.
Get Past the Belief that You Can Do it All.
Caregivers are prone to believing that they can do everything on their own. But you don’t have to do that and sticking to that belief is damaging for you as a caregiver. Just as you want your elderly family member to be open to the help that you’re offering to her, you also need to be open to receiving help. It’s there for you in the form of home care providers, but you need to accept the need.
Stand Your Ground.
Very often family caregivers are up against themselves and their beliefs as well as the opinions of other family members. Your own aging adult could also be against the idea of you taking time away. This is a lot for you to stand your ground against. If you’ve done the work of making respite time a priority, though, it’s going to be easier for you to take the time that you need to take.
Leave Plenty of Information.
The more information that home care providers and other people who take over for you have the better job they’ll be able to do in caring for your aging adult. You can build up your information file over time so that it’s less intimidating. You will also be able to spot gaps in the information you’re leaving so that you cover all your bases.
If you’re not at the point where you’re ready to take respite time, tackle at least a small part of the process. Start an information file. Figure out what it would take to prioritize respite time. Tackling these smaller pieces can help you to still make progress toward eventually taking some time away from caregiving.