There’s always another appointment, another errand, another issue that needs to be taken care of for Dad. And it’s all on top of everything else I’m doing at home and at work. I feel like I’m spinning too many plates, 24/7. If I could just get a break, I’d be OK.
A pause. Relief. Some breathing room. Sound like something you could use?
Don’t worry – you’re not a horrible person for needing a break from caregiving. What you’re doing is hard. You should take a break. You need time to rest, relax and rejuvenate yourself so that you can come back to caregiving with energy and a healthy mindset. You’ll be better for it – and that means your parent will be, too.
So go ahead, start planning a vacation, stay-cation, retreat or weekend getaway.
Read more about types of respite care, paying for it, and planning ahead HERE.