When you are a caregiver, you are always on. It is not a 9-5 job.
But, in order to prevent burnout, you have to be cognizant of scheduling some time away for yourself.
Here is a checklist on how to tackle setting aside time for yourself
1. Look ahead.
Is there a weekend that you would like to target in order to watch a movie, visit a museum, or have lunch with friends?
Block this time on you calendar and commit to it.
3. Reach out to family and friends.
Are there friends or other family members that could assist? In order to ensure a positive and stress free experience for your loved one, you will need time to explain your caregiving routine to those that are helping you.
4. Think about home care, assisted living, or even nursing home respite.
If friends or families are not available to assist, consider the options of home care, assisted living, or nursing home care. Home care agencies have nurses on staff that will create a care plan to ensure that your loved one’s needs are met. Assisted living and nursing homes offer respite options with nurses and aides on staff to meet your loved one’s needs. These type of respite options are private pay, meaning that insurance will not cover these services.
Caregiving is not a short journey, and unless we take time out for ourselves, we will not have enough reserve to continue on this winding and often emotional road.