Alzheimer’s and Vacations
Tips for Caregivers: Going on Vacation
As a caregiver, you shouldnt be preventing yourself from enjoying certain perks or luxuries in your everyday life, just because you have the responsibility of caring for another individual. The average caregiver is placed under a great deal of stress and it is important that they take the time to do things for themselves and to takes breaks and vacations to relieve themselves from their responsibilities as a caregiver. A vacation can be an important opportunity for a caregiver to take a break from their role, to ease their mind and to improve their own mental and emotional health.
The quality of life and the emotional health of the caregiver are important to the quality of life of the patient. The happier, healthier, more relaxed and more focused a caregiver is; the better off the patient will be. Many times a break is just what a caregiver needs to alleviate stress and come back to their responsibilities more focused. Vacations are important in the life of a caregiver and can actually help make the caregiver a more effective care provider.
However, there are many caregivers who are apprehensive about taking a vacation; because they believe that they cannot leave the person they are caring for. Here are some things to keep in mind about taking vacations that can help you make the sometimes difficult decision to leave the person you are caring for so you can care for yourself.
Feeling No One Can Provide Care Like You Can
Many caregivers believe that no one else can care for the person with Alzheimers disease in the way that they do. This may be true, but it doesnt mean that no one else can care for them. A great way to relieve yourself from this feeling is to have a support caregiver or a backup that you work with before you take time off so you can see for yourself that they are capable of caring for your loved one. This is also a great opportunity for you to help foster feelings of trust between the support caregiver and your loved one.
Feeling Guild Should Anything Happen to Your Loved One
There are many people who refuse to take breaks or vacations because they feel as though they would harbor too much guilt should something happen to their loved one while they were away. However, it is important to remember that something can always happen and when it is time for something to happen it will simply occur, whether you are there watching over them or not. Trying to free yourself from the ties that bind you to the person you care for is important for your own well-being and peace of mind.
Feeling Unable to Enjoy Yourself While Your Loved One is Ill
Many people find that it is hard to enjoy themselves when someone they love is dealing with something as devastating as Alzheimers assistance. Keep in mind that positive energy and a positive outlook can go a long way in improving the quality of life in an Alzheimers patient. If you do not do this and instead partake in their suffering, you will only bring down the spirits of your loved one, instead of lifting them up.