Vacation can reduce stress and burnout and potentially increase productivity and creativity. The fact is most caregivers are not taking enough vacation and time off to get away from it all because of their responsibilities.
What are they to do about it? Respite is the answer.
According to Florida Respite Organization, respite is time taken by a caregiver for rest and rejuvenation. It is temporary, short-term relief that provides a break from the extraordinary demands of ongoing care for an individual with disabilities, special needs or chronic illness. FRC believes every caregiver deserves a break.
Most caregivers neglect their own needs after months or years of caring for their loved ones who are homebound. They usually have no reliable outside help and are faced with guilt if they take a break. Centers that provide such need are crucial for the wellbeing of caregivers.
Respite can be planned or emergency care. Caregivers can locate a center in their area by visiting ARCH National Respite Network.
These facilities are not just for caregivers of aging parents. They are open to caregivers of homebound children, disabled young adults or anybody who needs everyday care.
There are three respite options available that are organized by Florida Respite Organization. You can choose in-house, center-based or out-of-home care. There are options for patients and caregivers. Most of these facilities’ care workers may be paid part-time, full-time workers or volunteers.
With advance planning you can now take time off to rejuvenate and relax. Here are 4 vacation ideas for caregivers:
Go on a cruise
Take a three, four or seven days cruise to the Caribbean from Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, New Orleans, Houston or New York. Cruise lines like Princess, Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and many more leave these ports to the Caribbean islands.
A three-day cruise to the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale may only cost less than $500. Check online for more information on affordable cruises. Remember there are other charges on top of the basic price you need to prepare on board.
A cruise will take you to a few ports and serve all meals and provide all the entertainment on board. You don’t have to worry about finding a hotel, restaurant, unpacking all the time or rest stops.
Take a road trip to the ‘happiest place in the world’- Disney World or Disneyland. Enjoy the rides, shows, parades and ‘make believe’ entertainment all day in the theme parks.
Or take a road trip to the mountains in North Carolina, Tennessee or Georgia to see the autumn leaves. For those who live in the mid-west you may like to take a road trip to the lakes and enjoy nature and tranquility.
Some people who prefer big cities may visit New York City, Chicago, Boston or Washington D.C. Check out Time Square and Statue of Liberty in New York, The Charles River in Boston, The Capitol and Whitehouse in Washington D.C. Our country has so much to offer to visitors. A trip to these cities may change your outlook on life.
Take the train
Follow the trails taken over a hundred years ago from east to west on the California Zephyr, passing through canyons, rivers, deserts, highlands, lowlands and cities. This scenic ride from Chicago to Emeryville takes 51 hours 20 minutes through seven states and 2,438 miles.
Check with Amtrak for details. You may try the Canadian VIA Rail through Vancouver to Toronto.
Some caregivers prefer to stay home and enjoy their days visiting local stores, eating out and getting pampered in a massage or spa facility.
These four suggested activities could help renew, refresh and rejuvenate your tired body, mind and soul while your loved ones are taken care of by trusted, trained and a well-planned respite organization. A vacation will make you a better caregiver and you will feel better and healthier. Caregivers, take a break and be a better caregiver, mom, wife and friend.
Did this help? Are you a wonder-woman who has lived without a vacation for years? Looking for a peace of mind that your aging loved ones remember their important medication while you are on vacation? We provide important daily calls to your dad, mom or grandpop.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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