Ensuring you are looking after yourself in the carer role is just the start. Sometimes you need to take time away from the caring environment in order to really charge your batteries and give precious time back to yourself. A respite could be just a day away with friends, an afternoon of personal errands, or an exercise break. Or it could be a vacation, away from it all.
Before planning respite care, be sure to talk with your loved one about it, explaining the up side for everyone. To help your loved one accept the idea, be sure to involve him or her in making the arrangements.
Often, family and friends want to help. They just do not know how. Just as you feel valued as a carer they are likely to feel valued when you ask them for help. As a carer, you can make it easy on them—and yourself—by always having a list of assignments ready, like preparing meals, picking up a few things at the grocery, going on a walk with your loved one, or staying with him or her from time-to-time.