When you are providing constant senior home care for an elderly loved one, taking a vacation is more than a nice break. Caregiver burnout is a very real problem, particularly among those who have been providing elderly care for months or even years. Some occasional “me time” is needed for caregivers to maintain their own emotional and physical well-being, and ensure they remain capable of providing quality care.
However, who cares for your loved one while you are on vacation? Your family needs you, too, and summer vacation is one way that families connect, away from the normal day to day stresses. Summer vacations are possible for caregivers, but careful planning is required so that your loved one will continue to receive the care needed, and so that you can enjoy your time away without worry.
The first step is helping loved ones know that they will still receive the best senior[...]
Often the relatives of aging loved ones are those who gladly take on the task of providing senior care for them. The role of caregiver is vital and the work is an act of love. However, one element of senior care that is many times overlooked is the toll it can place on those providing the care. The responsibility of being directly responsible for someone else’s well-being, along with all the day-to-day chores, can be mentally and physically wearying on even the most upbeat of people. When the senior is also suffering from dementia or behavioral issues, that mental wear-and-tear can be even greater.