Even if you’ve been told more than once that a break would do wonders for you, you might be reluctant to give it a true try.
Here are some of the reasons you might be giving for avoiding those breaks that you need.
-It’s Too Much Work to Take Time Away
Depending on your senior’s needs, you may worry that you have to put too many plans in place in order to take even an hour or two away. Part of the problem with this can be that you feel disorganized. If that’s some of what’s going on, taking some time here and there and getting more organized now can pay off for you later. You’ll also get into a routine in which time away is part of what goes on regularly. That makes taking those breaks easier.
You might be telling yourself that you’re doing just fine and you haven’t taken any breaks, so you don’t need to change that. You have to be realistic, though. Can you think of any situations in your normal day in which you never take a break? Odds are that the rest of your life and responsibilities allow you time away now and again. Caregiving needs to be the same way. In order to keep being fine, you need to have time for you.
-Your Senior Hates When You Leave
Some aging adults don’t like the idea of you being gone for one reason or another. Your senior might worry that something will happen or that you just won’t come back. She might even “punish” you when you tried to take time away in the past. In reality, it’s good for both you and your elderly family member to have time away from each other. You’ll have new experiences to share with each other when you’re together again.
-Nobody Else Knows What to Do
When you’re the primary caregiver and you’re the one doing most of the heavy lifting, it’s easy to believe that no one else can do what you do. In some respects, you’re right. You’re the only one who does things exactly the way that you do them. But you’re not the only one who can help your senior. Experienced elder care providers can make sure she’s safe and has her needs met, too.
These reasons may feel valid to you at the time you think them or say them. But as a caregiver, you cannot keep pushing yourself too hard for too long. You’re going to need to give yourself regular breaks so that you can keep being the caregiver that you want to be. Regular breaks will make caregiving easier, not more difficult.
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Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.