Being a caregiver is stressful and can lead to burnout, yet the thought of taking a vacation getaway seems out of the question. We want to be there for our loved ones and take care of their needs so who has time to take a vacation? As a caregiver, it is important to realize that you need to make and take time for yourself to disconnect and recharge.
Vacation is possible if you take the steps to prepare. It doesn’t mean you will be completely worry-free but following these steps can help you relax and recharge:
- Tell yourself that you deserve a break – as with any job, you need a break. You need to rest and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. Caregiving is no different and in many cases is more exhausting and stressful compared to other jobs. Not only will you as the caregiver reap the benefits of a vacation but your loved one will as well with a happier, rested you.
- Plan – planning ahead will ensure a smooth transition and enable you to relax while you are away. Contact a home care agency and arrange to meet and interview the caregiver. You want to feel comfortable with the person that you are leaving in charge of your loved one.
- Medications – make sure prescriptions are filled and there is enough to last while you are gone. This can be tough as insurance companies will not refill within a certain amount of time. Make arrangements for someone to pick up whatever medications you couldn’t have filled.
- Stock up on daily necessities – you know what your loved one needs and uses. Have these supplies on hand and make sure the person providing home care knows where you keep everything.
- Prepare meals in advance – depending upon how independent your loved one is, preparing and freezing meals that they can just take out and heat will ease your mind a bit. You can also arrange for meals on wheels to deliver daily.
- Have an emergency plan – getting them a personal alarm is a good idea. Arrange to have a neighbor, friend, or family member check in. Make sure contact information is updated to who the first responder should be while you are away.
Hiring a caregiver to give yourself a break is nothing to feel guilty about. As long as you prepare and plan ahead, disconnecting and recharging is the best way to provide quality care.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of caregivers in Copperfield, TX contact the caregivers at SYNERGY HomeCare. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (281) 407-1200 for more information.