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How to Take a Much Deserved Vacation as a Caregiver


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By  Greg Bechard

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga

Family caregiver going out as respite caregiver takes care of mom

Suggestions for Senior Caregivers from the Home Instead Team

Everyone needs a vacation once in a while, even you as the caregiver of your aging parents. In fact, you might need one more than you realize. Your duties and responsibilities can quickly take over your life so that you forget what it is like to be “you.” It is possible to take a few days, a week, or more to invest in yourself, even if you are the primary caregiver for your elderly loved one. It takes a little bit of planning, but you can and should book that hotel and rent a car for some much needed time away.

As more and more families take over the duties of caring for elderly parents or other aging relatives, caregiver stress and burnout can overcome the best of us. You do not have to live in a constant state of stress, frustration, and even anger. Reach out for respite support from a Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga Personal Support Worker. We are equipped to step in and alleviate your family’s stress and worry while ensuring your mom or dad’s needs are met so that you can go on a much deserved holiday.

Suggestions for Planning the Care of Your Senior While You Are Away

Dad and Mom can still live their life in the comfort of their home even if you are away. Get help from a personal support worker through Home Instead Senior Care. Here is how you can plan and prepare for your excursion:

  • Start with Your Loved One’s Needs: It’s true that you already put their needs ahead of your own, most of the time. When planning your vacation, you and your senior will experience much less stress if you start with the logistics of their care first.
    • This is a great time to invite your siblings or other dedicated family members to step in and help. They get the benefits of one-on-one time, as does your mom or dad.
    • If no one is available, then consider finding respite care from a professional.
    • Write down special instructions as needed, including any specific routine you know that is crucial to your parent’s mental and emotional health.
  • Decide How You Will Stay in Touch: If you are the primary caregiver, you know your senior’s quirks better than anyone. Do you want to be contacted anytime they have a question? Do you prefer to have daily updates? Should you only be contacted in the case of an emergency?
  • Plan for the Possibility of an Emergency: If you cannot be reached, your substitute caregiver needs to be able to communicate with medical staff. Have medical information handy for them and alert your parent’s doctor to what is going on, so things can go more smoothly.
  • Deal with the Guilt before You Leave: You will probably feel some guilt, especially if some mishap happens. It is okay to have those feelings. Then remember that at the end of the day, you will be a better caregiver if you can recharge.

Trustworthy Senior Home Healthcare – So You Can Take a Break

Give yourself permission to take a vacation and enjoy some relaxation away from your responsibilities. Take advantage of home care from a Home Instead Senior Care professional caregiver. Our highly-trained and caring PSWs work with you and your family to make sure that your parent is adequately cared for while you are away. Share the burden and the joy of caring for your loved one with our help.

Call us at (905) 276-2273 to schedule a no-obligation, in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in Mississauga our community.

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