Let’s face it, being a caregiver can be a lot of work. And, sometimes that work can go on for months or years. In order to equip a caregiver to continue their work over a long period of time, it is essential that they get a regular break.
Pronounced “ress-pit”, these breaks can be short or long. It might just be a few hours so the caregiver can go shopping, visit friends, or see a movie. It might be a day or two, so the caregiver can tend to personal business or get away for a weekend. Or, it might be a week or two, so that the caregiver can take a vacation and “recharge their batteries.”
Why is Respite Needed?
Honestly, EVERY person providing ongoing care to a loved one needs a break—how often those breaks occur, and how long they last, depends on each person’s situation.
- Help sustain the health and well being of the caregiver and care recipient
- Avoid or delay out of home placements
- Reduces the likelihood of abuse and neglect
- Helps maintain your own health as a caregiver
- Give the caregiver frequent breaks before they become overwhelmed and burn-out
- Re-energizes caregivers and allows them to continue caring for their loved one.
Regular relief can become a lifesaver!