Time away is one topic that family caregivers can find themselves trying to avoid. Even if you know that you need a vacation, you still might ignore the idea. Here are some ideas to help you avoid that trap.
Commit to Taking the Time that You Need
The first step is always going to be committing to yourself that you’re going to do this. If you can’t make that commitment, you’re simply not going to do it. You’ll make excuses or find reasons that make a lot of sense to avoid taking any time away at all. Give up the mental games and realize that your loved one will be okay without you for a day or two. Realize also that you’ll be much better prepared when you come back refreshed.
Line up Some Help
Once you know that you’ll be taking time away, it’s time to line up some coverage for your time away. You might start with other family members or friends. You might also want to intersperse some time with professional senior care providers. This allows your family members to have some backup of their own if something should happen in their lives.
Write Down All the Important Information
Before you go, you have to make sure that your backups have all the information that they need. You might want to spend a few days compiling this information just to make sure that you don’t forget anything essential. You’re going to want to include medical information, your loved one’s preferences, and any other information that would help someone take excellent care of your elderly loved one.
Stick to Your Plan
Once you have a plan, you have to stick to it. The only time you’re going to want to deviate from that plan is if something happens that truly qualifies as an emergency. Otherwise, you’re likely to grasp onto any excuse to avoid taking this time away. Do what you can to ensure that you’re able to take the time that you need.
Make an agreement with yourself that you’ll take a certain amount of time away from caregiving each year. Everyone needs a vacation and that definitely includes caregivers.
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