FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Summer of Respite 2011
Now that the summer is in full swing, it is time
to consider how to give a break to the most
important person in your loved oneís life Ė you.
Turn to the caregiver sitting next to you in the
doctorís waiting room and ask what they are doing to
take some time for themselves.
Email me your own respite tips to share within
this column. If everyone sends their favorite
tips, Iím sure there will be plenty of interesting
ideas for all of us to add to our own lists. For
those who think that respite is an impossible dream,
Iím going to jump-start this list with great ideas
from family caregivers.
From Mary: Before I start out each day, I set a
specific time for just me. My best time is at 7:00
p.m. when my day is done. I sit down and pamper
myself. I get in a relaxed mood, make myself a nice
dinner, sit back and take care of me. By the time I
am ready to go to bed, I am mentally satisfied with
my accomplishments of the day. I cuddle in for the
night, thank God for my abilities and for the day He
gave me, and then I go to bed to sleep tight until
morning. My philosophy is "You cannot care for
someone else until you first care for yourself."
From Jan: I get up at 6 AM, make myself a pot of
tea, and sit and read a few chapters of a book. This
is my time, so I only do something for me for an
hour. My husband usually does not wake until 8, so
this early morning gives me my daily respite. I also
take about 30 minutes after I get him in bed at
night, have a mug of hot milk and read again.
As Mary and Jan prove, respite is something that
can be achieved at home on a daily basis and does
not necessarily mean taking a trip away.
Although, that would be nice, too.
My Respite Tips
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