What does it take to ensure that you take respite time when you need it? For some caregivers, it takes scheduling respite time into their calendar and making sure they’re prepared to take that time away.
You Can’t Keep Putting It Off
If you’ve had a difficult time wrapping your brain around taking time just for you, you’re not alone. But you really can’t continue to put it off indefinitely. Caregivers need to be able to take time for themselves to do the things that they enjoy. If you’re not doing that, you’re letting yourself get run down and subconsciously you’re going to start resenting being a caregiver.
It’s Better if This Is Just about Fun
You might be thinking about all of the chores you have to do either at your own home or even for other people. It’s better if you can make respite time about fun things only. The reason for that is that you need actual downtime, where you’re doing something recreational. The idea is to give yourself time to recharge and that means finding something fun to do. Chores are always going to be there.
Don’t Get Ahead of Yourself
It’s also important that you don’t attack this too hard and too fast. If you’re not used to taking time for yourself, the whole idea can become overwhelming very quickly. Don’t worry about finding an entire afternoon that you can take away just yet. Starting out with an hour at least and work your way up to larger amounts of time away.
Think of This Like Any Other Appointment
You have to take the idea of respite time seriously. That means that this is an appointment just like any other appointment you would make with someone. You can reschedule this time, but you shouldn’t cancel it unless there’s a true and unavoidable emergency.
Put Someone Else in Charge
If you’re nervous about taking time away because you worry something might happen, put someone else in charge while you’re gone. One of the best ways to do this is to hire home care providers to take over for you and spend time with your senior. They can help her with a variety of different tasks or even just keep her company while you’re gone.
Taking the time to schedule and to prepare for respite time helps to ensure that you’ll actually take advantage of it. Respite is a vital part of keeping you going as a caregiver.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Homecare in Berwyn, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care.
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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.