Whenever I bring up respite ideas to mom, it's always met with, "You're just trying to get rid of me!" To which I say to myself, "Well, yes, I sort of am...But I need a break before I lose my mind." (Which is why I chose the image for my profile picture - it demonstrates how I feel sometimes.)
I have a grand plan. Mom doesn't want to attend any senior day programs. She desperately needs to get out of this house (and out from in front of the TV, per a previous post). She doesn't know she needs this, but after having a friend visit, and seeing how she obviously craves the company, I am more certain than ever that social stimulation is crucial, but lacking.
The same organization that provides overnight stays/respite at their facility, also has a day program. The facility has an onsite hairdresser and massage therapy. Sort of a "senior" spa experience. (Believe me, we are NOT wealthy by any stretch of the imagination, but a 2 night break seems priceless.) Of course, I am still waiting to verify the cost. I don't know if I can convince her it's a treat for her...
As a bonus in our situation, they also have Transitional Care - which she will need if we move forward with her revision hip replacement. All these experiences together - I hope to get her on board with venturing out of the house, even if only one day per week.
1. Does anyone else meet with resistance for respite? How have you dealt with a situation when the person is not immediately on board with this?
2. Do others find that "nudging" someone out of their self-imposed isolation has it's benefits? If so, what benefits did you observe? Is there a downside?
Thanks in advance for your sage advice! I really appreciate it!!!