Nothing could be further from the truth. Caregiving is exhausting, even though you may find it fulfilling too. That’s why it is crucial, both for your well-being and that of your care receiver, to take time for rest and relaxation.
Bear in mind that getting away from it all doesn’t have to mean a pricey two-week jaunt in Europe or a logistically complex cross-country road trip. An extended weekend at a nearby B&B or state park can do the trick.
And if you can’t handle the thought of being away, bring your loved one along; a change of pace, routine and scenery can have a positive impact on both of you.
A post in yesterday’s The New Old Age blog shared some travel tips for caregivers: a few are highlighted below:
- Make sure needed medications are available (stock extra too: it’s better to be over than under), either to bring along or leave behind.
- Stick to a routine as much as possible.
- If your loved one is joining you, know in advance what hospitals and senior care communities are in the area.
Also, consider contacting a local assisted living home, as they may offer short-term stays or respite care for families who are traveling and leaving a loved one behind. Home care agencies (non-medical and skilled care alike) can accommodate for short-term arrangements too.