Now that you know what respite care is and what it involves, the next question is, “Why should I put my loved one/s into respite care?” As a caregiver, you provide much-needed assistance and comfort to someone who’s dependent on you, but at times you may need to take a short break to deal with personal matters, run errands or focus on your own needs. That’s when respite care comes to the rescue. There are many benefits to consider when thinking about using one of these services.
Managing your life
Respite care allows you to take a break from being a caregiver so you can give importance to other responsibilities in your life. People often use respite care to give them time to run errands. Since most times it’s stressful and potentially impossible to leave your loved one/s alone, leaving him/her with a professional will allow you to carry out your responsibilities without being constantly worried. Your life shouldn’t be put on pause, causing you to be miserable. Respite care allows you to take back a piece of your life you might’ve lost when you became a caregiver.
Respite care gives you time to communicate with other people. This could be in the form of therapists, friends, family or people going through a similar situation. This will aid a lot in the de-stressing process which in turn will improve your overall well-being. During this time you can involve yourself in activities such as a workout class or a yoga session which will also help you de-stress. By taking care of yourself, you’ll become a more patient caregiver. It’s important to listen to your mind and your body and know when it’s time to take a break.
At HILA we believe you deserve to rest. It’s important to remember that you can’t do it all alone. Seeking help is the responsible thing to do, both for you and your loved one’s well-being. Respite care can provide you with a feeling of revitalisation and refreshment that can keep you whole — physically and mentally — and enable you to better spouse, parent, caregiver and person.
Contact us at HILA for more information on our respite services.