In the world of caregiving, it can sometimes feel like there is no rest for the weary. While the strength and care of most caregivers are often not celebrated enough, it is also imperative that we recognize that everyone needs the opportunity to recharge and renew their energy. Brickmont Assisted Living realizes that trusting someone else with the care of a loved one can also be stressful, but using respite care can support and benefit everyone. It’s imperative that you keep in mind that seeking help does not make you a failure as a caregiver. While there are many reasons to pay for respite care, here are three that we want to highlight for you.
1. Interaction with Others
Both the caregiver and the person receiving the care benefit when interacting with others that understand the demanding nature of caregiving. Respite care provides the caregiver with valuable time for family and friends which can significantly improve personal wellness and peace of mind. Relaxing is critical for every caregiver. Through carefully designed community activities, the person receiving care can participate in exercises with others that match personal abilities and needs. These exercises can inspire hope by providing an underlying sense of belonging. Many people experiencing loneliness or isolation are reminded of the greater community to which they are connected. They are also able to relax and experience peace of mind.
2. In-Depth SupportA safe, supportive environment allows for interaction with others that are having a similar experience. The person receiving care can enjoy new programs such as music or art that might be unavailable to the caregiver. Under supervised care, there is no need to fear that the person receiving the responsibility will be lacking the individual attention that everyone desires for them. Those working for a community providing respite care should be well trained and well versed in knowing how to meet any needs. Caregivers can also receive support and further learning. Many organizations invest in the ongoing education of caregivers. As we grow in our understanding of many conditions that are associated with health issues, caregivers have a responsibility to stay abreast of the latest methods of providing care.
3. Not Permanent
Do not forget that respite care means providing a temporary break. This is an opportunity for you to take a moment of rest but does not say that you are throwing in the towel on what you love to do, which is caring for those near and dear to you. Additionally, those receiving care will not be stuck, but they will have the chance to get mildly acclimated to a community should the need arise again in the future. Respite care encourages you to be healthy in both your mental and physical well-being. Refreshing your overall health gives you the strength to return to caring with renewed vigor and stamina.
Brickmont Assisted Living invites you to contact us and discuss your options concerning how we can partner with you. We provide a safe community for you to experience respite care and look forward to answering any questions that you may have.