Caring for a loved one is an incredibly tough process. Whilst providing home care services, we've met many wonderful family members and friends of clients who sacrifice a huge amount of their time, and in many cases their career, in order to provide full-time care.
There always comes a time when these selfless individuals need to take a break, but it can often be incredibly difficult to hand carer duties over to someone else. The truth is, failure to properly take care of yourself can not only be detrimental to you but also to the person you're caring for. This is why respite care is so important.
Other People In Your Life Are Feeling Neglected
Many who care for a member of their family have to sacrifice time with their other loved ones. No matter how understanding and supportive your spouse, children or other relatives are, they would undoubtedly appreciate a little more time with you.
Respite care can give you an opportunity to take a short break away with your kids or spouse and catch up with some friends, without having to worry about the welfare of the person you're caring for. Plus, it gives them an opportunity to spend time with a new, friendly face.
You're Arguing With Your Loved One
Sometimes tensions can become frayed when two people spend a great deal of time together, particularly if the individual who needs care is resistant to accepting help from their loved one. Rather than putting your relationship at stake, it can be incredibly valuable to have some time apart every now and again so that you can both appreciate the time you do spend together.
Your Mood Has Changed
Caring can be incredibly stressful and can have a huge impact on your mental well-being. If you find yourself struggling with low moods, tearfulness or anxiety, are having trouble sleeping due to stress, or simply don't feel like yourself anymore, you could do with a break. Preserving your mental well-being with respite will only be beneficial for you and the person you're caring for in the long term.
You Feel Physically Exhausted
Being a full-time carer for a loved one often means that you work far longer hours than you would in a regular job, and for those juggling caring with another job, it can often feel like you just never stop. Eventually, your body will have enough; you'll feel exhausted, run-down, and you might even become ill yourself. If your physical health takes a nosedive, so does your ability to continue to care for your loved one. For both of your sakes, it is vital that you take some time to rest on a regular basis.