The importance of taking respite from caring for a loved one
Caring for a loved one when they become unable to care for themselves is one of the greatest things you can do. It is a selfless act and one that may require substantial amounts of your time. We understand that many people opt to care for a parent, partner or child themselves at home even in difficult circumstances due to money worries. It’s important to remember though that carers, whether professional or a family member whose stepped up in a time of need, need to take breaks.
Caring is a full time job so we know you’re busy all the time. This shouldn’t make you feel that you can’t ever take a holiday or break. In fact if you don’t take a break you could exhaust yourself and thus not be as fit for caring.
Angel Carers provide respite care where, much like our full time, live in care our nurses will care for your loved in the comfort of their own home. This is designed to be an affordable service that gives you the much needed break you deserve. If you’re still unsure if you should take respite here are a few reasons why it’s so important that you do:
- Your stress levels will dramatically reduce. Even if you can’t identify stress in yourself caring takes its toll and the effects can build up unnoticed.
- Your ability to care for your family member after taking respite will improve. It’s far better to be refreshed than to continue long days of caring, especially if you also have a full time job.
- Your personal time is important. You need to value your own needs and wants in addition to your role as a carer.
- Your relationships with other people will be stronger. While caring your main focus is likely to be on ensuring the well being and comfort of the person who needs care. Other people in your life may feel neglected. Children, a spouse or even friends may feel you don’t have time to spend with them. While they may back off because they know how busy you are this can damage your relationships and leave you feeling alone.
If you need help organising respite contact us.
If you would like to read more about taking a respite from caring, please read this article: Respite Care: How to Take a Break When Caring for a Loved One (2022) (annuityexpertadvice.com)