Being a caregiver is a challenging and demanding position. For most working adults, it means juggling between your career, the rest of your family, your social life, and the individual you are responsible for. Even under the best of circumstances, it is no easy task to manage all these spectrums of life and it is perfectly normal to feel tired out.
Signs You or Your Loved One Needs Respite Care
Here are some signs you need respite care for yourself, or for your loved ones. If you are experiencing:
- Feelings of isolation, guilt, or exhaustion.
- Difficulty in providing the necessary support needed after a complex medical procedure.
- Unhappiness when you carry out your responsibilities.
- Insufficient personal time.
- Out-of-sort behavior and are not feeling like yourself.
It is important not to feel guilty for having these thoughts or feelings, it is not selfish to need personal time to focus on yourself. In fact, it is far more important to be able to identify these feelings early. Guilt at caregiving can turn to resentment, and this can in turn affect your relationship with your loved one. For instance, you may find it harder to connect and feel less compassionate or patient in your interactions, and this is in turn may make things tense between the two of you. In situations like this, you may want to consider respite care as an option for both parties to take a break and feel rejuvenated.
Respite care provides short-term stays for your loved ones. The length of stay could vary according to the needs of the individual. Maybe you just need a professional, extra, set of hands to help you care for your family member as they are recovering from a surgery or illness. In such a case you may only use respite care for the duration of their recovery. If it is to offer both individuals a break, you may need to decide on the period of time together with your loved ones. It would be important to consider the needs of both parties and some deliberation would be needed over what actions need to be taken during the break for both of you to feel energized and refreshed.
Respite Care at Rittenhouse Village At Lehigh Valley
At Rittenhouse Village At Lehigh Valley, our affordable respite care community is built with the goal of supporting both you and your loved ones. We understand that deciding on a respite care community can be a difficult and emotionally laden experience, so we do our best to make things simple and worry-free for you. We are here to support you.
In our respite care community, our residents can interact with one another and continue to enjoy life. As part of our respite care program, your loved ones would have access to our full suite of amenities which include 24-hour nursing care, gourmet style dining in an elegant dining room, an activities calendar chockful of recreational programs, housekeeping and laundry services, and so much more. To find out more about our respite care program and what we can do for you and your loved ones, contact us today.