Misconceptions about respite can sometimes mean that caregivers are reluctant to take time away from caregiving. That can lead to bigger problems down the road.

Respite Is Lots of Things for Lots of People

Elder Care Simpsonville SC - What Does Respite Mean for You?

Elder Care Simpsonville SC – What Does Respite Mean for You?

There is no one size fits all for respite. For some caregivers, respite is about taking two weeks and going on a long-overdue vacation. For other caregivers, respite is about running errands or attending support group meetings. The reality is that respite can fit into whatever configuration you need in order to help you to be the best caregiver you can possibly be. You might even find that you need a mix of a variety of different types of respite solutions.

What Do You Need?

The first step in this process might be finding out what it is that you need the most. Are you overwhelmed because you never have time to yourself? Then an afternoon of support from elder care providers might allow you to have that time that you need. Very often, though, caregivers have denied themselves and their own needs for so long that you might not realize or remember what you need.

Respite Can Help You Figure out What You Need

Having the time to figure out what you need can be a golden opportunity in itself. You’ll know that your senior is in good hands and you can focus just on what is going on with you. That’s something you might not have done for quite some time, especially if you’ve been caring for your senior for a while.

It’s Time Away, So Use Respite That Way

Something you don’t want to start doing is to take respite time and then check in every so often, trying to keep tabs on what is going on with your senior. Make sure that elder care providers have your contact information and that they’re able to reach you and then go do your thing. If you’re not using that time away just for yourself, you’re not going to get the most benefit from it.

You’re Not a Horrible Caregiver or Person

Don’t tell yourself that you’re a bad caregiver or worse, a bad person, because you need time away. Needing time for yourself is normal and healthy. You’re being a more responsible caregiver by taking time away and ensuring that your senior is with someone trustworthy while you’re away.

If you’ve been avoiding respite, now might be the time to give it another try. You might have a different perspective now.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elder Care Services in Simpsonville SC, please contact the caring staff at Upstate Home Care Solutions today. Call (864) 527-0455.

James Bennett

James Bennett is a native of Taylors, SC. A graduate of Riverside High School, he attended Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Packing Science. Upon graduation, he commenced on a career path in food manufacturing with Nestle Frozen Foods (1999 – 2008) and Country Fresh, Inc. (2008 – 2011). When James was only 12, his father, at the age of 37, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).With both an ailing father and a grandmother suffering from several medical conditions, James Bennett and his family were able to unify and provide their loved ones with the home care they needed. Their family structure and consistent schedule were key aspects in providing care. Unfortunately, not all families have the structure, resources, or flexibility to provide the home care their loved one desires. James understands the difficulties families and caregivers encounter while providing and caring for loved ones. A loving son, husband, and father who understands the need to help families, James created Upstate Home Health Care Solutions, LLC in 2011 to fill in the gap for families who need caring individuals to assist with a loved one’s home care needs.

• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business of the Year 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) Program participant 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce MBA Excellence Award Recipient 2017
• Featured on the cover Upstate Business Journal June 2016
• Community Works Economic Impact Award 2016
• Board Member of Ten at the Top (TATT) and Fire Pit Ranch (FPR)
• Member of Upstate Senior Network, Greenville & Spartanburg Chapters
• Member of the Healthcare division of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce
• Member of the Better Business Bureau
• Staff member of Palmetto Boys State sponsored by the American Legion
• Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.