Caregiving and Respite Time

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The average caregiver tends to have an unbalanced relationship with respite time. It’s something that caregivers know that they need, but emotions and logistics often get in the way. If that’s been the case for you, these tips might help you to determine a better way to approach getting the time away from caregiving that you need.

Caregiver Mansfield OH - Caregiving and Respite Time

Caregiver Mansfield OH – Caregiving and Respite Time

Make Technology Work for You

Technology can be far more helpful for you than you might realize when it comes to respite time. An electronic calendar that you can sync between devices and share with other family members allows you all to see at a glance what’s going on and when. And when you update that calendar on the fly, everyone stays updated without you having to contact all of them individually.

Avoid Feeling Bad about Taking Time Away

Taking time away is a normal part of just about every experience you have as a person. You can’t keep doing everything constantly. But breaks can leave you feeling negative feelings that you might want to avoid by just soldiering through. Doing that is a disservice to you, though.

Set up Regular Periods of Respite

One of the best ways to get into the habit of enjoying regular respite time is to schedule it and then follow through and take it. Even if all you do is take an hour each week to run an errand for yourself, that’s a start. You can always increase the amount of respite time you’re taking as you become a little more accustomed to the situation.

Arrange Your Life so You Can Take Advantage of Respite

If you’ve thought about taking respite as a way to do other things, like lawn care or running errands, consider finding ways to outsource and to delegate those tasks to others. When you do that, you are better able to use respite time to actually allow yourself to rest. As you start to reap the benefits of being able to rest, everything else is going to become a little bit easier to manage.

If you find that it’s difficult for you to take respite time, ease into the idea a little bit. You don’t have to take hours away from caregiving right now if that’s not a comfortable situation for you. Start out with a few minutes at a time and allow yourself to get used to the experience. From there you can branch out.

If you are considering Caregiver Services in Mansfield OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.