You’ve heard it before…A healthy, well-rested caregiver is an effective caregiver. Sometimes, we put everyone else’s needs before our own.
Realize that taking a break from caregiving is as important as caregiving. It allows you to recharge and cope with the daily challenges that spring up. But, how? Who will take care of my loved one?
There are a few options available to you.
Glenner Adult Day Care. Sign up for specialized day care, designed to engage those with dementia. A regular schedule can be beneficial for your loved one, giving them a sense of purpose and something to look forward to.
Respite Services. The Southern Caregiver Resource Center has respite scholarships for family caregivers who need a break. Contact them to learn more.
Alzheimer’s Companions. Alzheimer’s San Diego has a program that pairs volunteers with those with dementia where the companion can provide a break a few hours each week.
Caregiver Support Groups. Knowing that there are others who are navigating a similar caregiving journey can be comforting. Join and attend a support group meeting with other caregivers. Ask questions, share experiences, seek resources or just absorb the support available. We have a meeting or you can find another meeting near you.
The above programs can be helpful, but do require advanced planning. If you need just a little time to break up your routine and want to bring your loved one with you, Alzheimer’s San Diego hosts social outings twice monthly. Want to attend a chocolate tasting or how about taking a tour of Balboa Park? Check out their full list of activities that will get you out of the house.