Many caregivers are a little leery of respite time because they’re not sure what it really means. Here are some ideas.
Visiting Your Own Doctor.
Caregivers tend to ignore their own health and that’s a terrible idea. Respite for you might include going to your own doctor’s appointments. This might even include attending counseling sessions or support group meetings that help with caregiving issues.
Going Shopping with a Friend.
You probably need to shop for various items during the week, but did you think about combining those needs with a social visit? Ask some friends if they’d be interested in going grocery shopping together. Or shopping for other items, as well. Make a social outing out of a necessity.
Taking Some Time for a Lunch Date.
Some people don’t like shopping with other people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have social meetups. Try asking a friend to meet you for lunch one afternoon. You can catch up and enjoy each other’s company.
Going to a Movie.
Getting out of reality can be a really powerful way of spending some respite time. Take a look at what’s playing in your area and see what might give you the best story. A really good movie can make you feel like you’re right there instead of where you are.
Going on Vacation.
Many caregivers are stunned at the idea of taking a vacation. But it’s definitely doable, especially if you have elder care providers you can count on. Start with a weekend away and maybe the next time you’ll take a whole week.
Spending Time Getting Pampered.
Getting your hair cut or getting a manicure is definitely a great way to spend your respite time. But how about a massage? That’s a great way to release tension in your entire body and still feel pampered and relaxed. Other pampering treatments, like flotation therapy, could also be something you might want to try.
Anything at All.
But why limit yourself? In truth, respite time is there for you to do whatever you need or want to do. It’s important that you realize that so that you can take the fullest advantage of the time that you have away from caregiving.
Elder care providers are an excellent way to ensure that your senior is in good hands while you take respite time. Remember that you don’t need to have a specific activity in mind in order to “earn” respite time. You need respite as a means of taking care of yourself while you’re a caregiver.