The shift to becoming a caregiver for a loved one can be sudden and unexpected. As a caregiver, you are placed in a demanding and challenging position towards caring for a family member that would also have to undergo the drastic change of dynamics in becoming someone who needs caring for. For many career adults, it can be immensely difficult to juggle your work, the rest of your family, and your social life, with the person that you are responsible for, that’s why you are finding out about the benefits of respite care. Even in ideal circumstances, it is never an easy task to handle all these aspects of life, so it is totally normal to feel drained and tired out from trying.
It is pertinent that you should never feel guilty for having feelings of tiredness or negativity towards your new position. What’s most important is that you can quickly identify these undesired feelings early on before they turn into something that can be damaging towards you and the person you are caring for. After all, guilt and tiredness can sometimes turn into resentment and anger, which can affect your relationship with your loved ones. For example, these feelings may make it harder for you to empathize with your family members and may result in arguments or confrontations. Before the situation escalates, you may want to consider solutions like respite care as an option for both parties to take a break and rejuvenate themselves.
The concept of respite care is that of the provision of short-term stays for you and your loved ones. The duration of the respite care stay would be largely dependent on an individual basis and circumstances. For instance, you may need respite care because you do not have the qualifications or skills to provide for your family member in the aftermath of a serious surgery or illness. In said situation, you may only need to rely on respite care for the duration of their recovery. In other circumstances, you may need to discuss the duration of the stay together with your loved ones. What’s most important is that you and your loved one come to a mutual decision together.
Some benefits of respite care are:
- A break from the duties of caregiving
- Some time for both you and your loved one to self-soothe and heal
- The assistance of professional medical staff in caring for your loved ones
- Some time for your loved ones to enjoy a relaxing get-away out of the home
Why Choose Rittenhouse Village At Lehigh Valley?
At Rittenhouse Village At Lehigh Valley By Discovery Senior Living, we run an affordable and inclusive respite community that believes in supporting both you and your loved ones. We know that caregiving is not easy, so we do our best to make things simple and stress-free for you. Our community is built around creating a resort-style experience for our residents. Our respite care guests have full access to our entire suite of amenities such as our dining room services and recreational programs.
Contact us at Rittenhouse Village At Lehigh Valley here, to find out more about our respite care program and what we can do for you and your loved ones.