When you have an opportunity to get some free time grab it! Continue to do the things you love like listening to music or the radio, take a walk, and spend some time in the garden. If friends, neighbours or relatives offer to help, accept their offer.
Breaks can be taken in many forms and it is important to avail of any supports available such as:
- Home Help
- Day Care Centre
- Respite Care in residential centres
- Respite Care in public/private nursing homes or hospitals
- Weekend or week long holidays i.e. Ballybunion Respite administered through the HSE.
- West Cork Carers Support Groups Respite funds to enable Carers to take a short break from caring
- Holistic Therapies
Consider taking breaks early in your caring role – if you leave it until you are experiencing burn out then short breaks may not be enough for your recovery. Do not feel guilty because you have left the person that you care for in someone else’s hands. Take these opportunities to recharge yourself physically and emotionally.
Talk to Staff at West Cork Carers Support Group or your Public Health Nurse if you need a break and are finding it difficult to manage or make arrangements.