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Getting harder to balance caregiving tasks and rest.

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For awhile, my husband could keep track of my aunt for a few hours, and later it was paid caregiver.  My aunt's money covered outside help.
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It depends on the needs of the person you are caring for. If you want to actually leave your residence and your LO cannot care for him/herself, you’ll have to ”cover” their care for as long as you’re away. This may mean enlisting the help of a family member, trusted friend or hiring an adult sitter. If your LO needs medical care, the person would have to be trained or be a medical professional.

For myself, I go on my own personal “vacation” without leaving my home. My husband is bedridden and I read, knit and used to do some crafts. I go to my room at 10PM and just chill out with my iPad.

Respite care, if doable, is also a Godsend. Currently my husband is in rehab for his mobility issues and has been gone since late June. The peace and quiet is much appreciated!
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When someone invites me to something like dinner or a concert, I stop before I say no and think.......do I need time to relax and enjoy myself? The answer is yes, so, I choose YES. I then go and focus on letting things go for a little while. An adult beverage is also usually involved and it's so nice to unwind and have a pleasant time with friends and acquaintances. It's nice to see a glimpse of the fun person that I used to be.
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