This is going to be a short blog. I’m going to take a few days off and I suggest you do too. Eldercare can be emotionally exhausting and, sometimes, we just need a break.
- Let yourself take a day or a few days off of the responsibilities, if you can. If the job can wait, let it wait. Take a mental health day or days. When you resume the responsibilities, your mind will be fresher and your attitude will be adjusted.
- If your elder is eligible for respite care through long-term care insurance or the Medicare hospice benefit, take advantage of it. Respite care allows the caregiver to have a break for a few days, usually covering payment for some or all of the cost of someone else to provide care during that time.
- Get help from siblings or relatives for a few days. If siblings are in town for the holidays, ask them take over some of the responsibilities for a few days. Check with a relative to see if they can look in on your parent for a couple of days.
- If you are only providing logistical care (paying bills, ordering prescriptions, coordinating medical appointments, etc.), you may not need anyone to do these jobs for you – you can just take a few days without thinking about your elder to-do list.
I’m not suggesting that you abandon your elder or their immediate needs. I am suggesting that you take a look at what can wait and who can help – and take a break. You and your elders will be better for it.
Now for that book I’ve been wanting to read…