258014588_03d07c547a_zWhile becoming the caregiver for an elderly parent is a beautiful honor, it can also be exhausting and overwhelming. What many don’t realize that the only way to provide the BEST possible care for your family member is to take the BEST possible care of yourself. This means getting adequate rest, making sure your own health is a priority, and giving yourself time to do things you enjoy.

We love this mnemonic for RESPITE:

  • R – Renewal and Relaxation: Taking a walk, strolling leisurely through the mall, visiting a museum or doing whatever brings joy can calm a caregiver, decrease their heart rate and improve their mood.
  • E – Energy: To be effective in their own work, a caregiver must be afforded time to re-energize. Even an automobile won’t run on empty.
  • S – Space: Getting away from the caregiving situation for even just a few hours helps with relaxation and brings a renewed sense of purpose.
  • P – Pleasure: A caregiver must remember that they have the right to enjoy life even if they feel their care recipient cannot do the same.
  • I – Identity: A caregiver must be intentional in maintaining a sense of self.
  • T – Time away from the situation allows a caregiver to see it more clearly and upon return, adjustments can be made to improve the experience.
  • E – Engagement: Social isolation can be a huge problem for caregivers. It’s important to take time to engage with friends and family by sharing lunch, taking a shopping trip or a walk in the park. (www.seniorhomes.com)

If you are feeling burned out, give yourself the Respite that you and your loved one deserve. Call our office to find out more. We would be happy to set you up with a trusted, experienced caregiver to give you  RESPITE.