Taking a break
We talk about it all the time – the tremendous responsibilities that fall on family caregivers. Caring for an elderly parent can be emotionally and physically draining. And for primary carers, it is often a 24/7, 365-day-a-year job. Taking any kind of break – let alone a planned vacation – seems impossible. Then when you begin to think about all the planning and preparation that is involved, you wonder if it’s even worth doing.
The thought of taking time off from your carer duties also brings much worry. What if Mum falls? What if she forgets to take her medication? What if she needs to get to important doctor appointments?
Family Carers Need a Holiday
These are all valid questions and concerns. However, family caregivers need holidays too. It is essential that you take some time off to rejuvenate and re-energize yourself, as well as attempt to avert caregiver burnout, stress, and even poor health.
With advanced preparation, family caregivers can take vacations too.
Make your plans in advance, even if you are just going away for a long weekend. Give your elderly parent ample notice that you will be gone and for how long. You don’t want to surprise them.
Determine what kind of assistance your parent will need and who will help while you’re away. If your parent is somewhat independent and doesn’t require constant care, you might only need someone to check in on them during the day, prepare a few meals or provide transportation.
If your parent needs more care and can’t be alone overnight, ask for help to stay with them overnight.
Consider in-home care
Depending on what kind of care your parent needs, Luxe Care staff can assist with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, mobility, meal preparation, light housekeeping or transportation. Our staff are trained to provide constant quality care in a variety of situations.
Organize important information
Compile all important information into one folder so that the person who is providing care has everything they need while you are away.
This should include:
All emergency contacts
A list of your parent’s health care providers, including phone numbers and addresses
Your parent’s preferred hospital and their pharmacy
Their medical, dental and health insurance cards
A list of medications and the schedule in which they are to be taken.
Important documents, including power of attorney and advanced care plans.
In addition to Companion Care and Personal Care services, Luxe Care also offers 24-hour home care. Our staff are available 24 hours a day providing round-the-clock peace of mind to clients and their families.
Let go of the guilt
It’s natural to feel guilty about taking a break, and it’s normal to think that no one else could take care of your parent the way you can. Additionally, your loved one might not like the idea of you taking a vacation at all, which can make it even harder for you to get away.
But family carers need holidays. Taking a break from care duties is a necessity, especially for your own health and well-being. And, getting the right help can provide the peace of mind you need.