caregiver (cg) needs a break from caregiving but is not sure how to go about making this happen information some care recipients crs require a cg 24 hours a day and seven days a week the requires the cg to move in with the cr caregivers require at least 16 uninterrupted hours every week to rest and manage personal business “respite is defined as a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant in caregiving terms “respite is sometimes used to describe a time of rest for the caregiver and the term “respite caregiver is used to describe the person who fills in for the caregiver during that time

Try: You may feel more secure and have less agitation and anxiety if you stick to a regular schedule use the same substitute cg when you are physically away from cg and go to the same environment when you are away from the cr’s living quarters break the 16 hours of respite in periods that meet your needs for example if you usually have lunch with a friend at the same time each week set us a schedule for the respite caregiver that takes that into consideration if part of the 16 hours will be spent in the cr’s living quarters retreat to your room or partitioned space if the cr is at home in order to get a break from the stress of caregiving tell the respite caregiver that you should not be contacted or called for consultation until after the scheduled time has lapsed let the substitute caregiver manage the cr do not intervene one exception to this rule is emergency situations listen and observe the respite caregiver if you uncover a concern or have suggestions for what works better discuss it later with him or her when you are not in the presence of the cr strive for bilateral respect harmony and trust between yourself and the respite caregiver

Materials: Trusted reliable person and or agency that can care for the cr 16 hours every week a room or partitioned space in the care recipient’s cr’s living quarters that is solely for the cr’s use ideally the room would have the following a door for the cg’s privacy comfortable chair desk lamps comfortable daybed television earphones closet private bathroom access

Categories: Caregiver Needs&Support, Communication, Emotional Psychological, Maintenance, Personal, Social, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision

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Keywords: Rest getting a break time out

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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