Posts Tagged ‘ respite for caregivers ’

STRUGGLES OR CHOICES: A CAREGIVER’S DILEMMA

Feb 5th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The nest is now empty. While we are caring for my 93 year old mother in our home, we are involved in a Hospice program that allows us some periodic flexibility. We have 3 dogs, something of a consideration when we want to be away for a while. For sometime now we have limited ourselves in being able to have the choice to travel and do some things we have wanted to have the freedom to do. International travel. Weekend get-aways. Having the chance to be with some friends for a few days.

Most of these occasions have to do with determining between struggles or choices. If we feel that we are in a situation of obligation, then it becomes more of a struggle. If it is a choice, feeling freed from responsibility for a period, that can be less guilt inducing.



RESPITE FOR SENIOR CARETAKERS

Jan 29th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you are a caretaker, i.e. caring for an elderly member of your family in your own home or theirs, one of the issues to be seriously addressed is planning for periodic respite for the caretaker. Those who take on the responsibility of caretaking cannot, should not, sustain a 24/7 caretaking role without breaks.

If you are fortunate enough to have some assistance during the week for the person who is being cared for, that is a welcome relief. The stress of regular caretaking is compounded by the demands and emotional energy required in caretaking. While caretakers are usually sensitive in their response to the variety of needs which emerge, the need for a day off or some time away is an essential part of a caretaking plan.