Respite care may come with a sense of guilt for some families and caregivers, but do not feel guilty! Caring for a loved one living with disabilities is easier said than done. Here are some things that may have crossed your mind lately:
- “Caring for my child is my responsibility alone.”
- “I cannot trust another person to care for my child and leave home.”
- “I feel selfish for wanting to have time apart”
- “I feel guilty for wanting to take a break from my own child.”
Respite services exist for a reason, and we can assure you the best care here at Lexington Services. Respite child care is a crucial service to help caregivers avoid burnout, a decline in mental health, and stress. No matter what your job is, there comes a time when anyone needs a break. Caring for someone with special needs can be difficult, and by acknowledging this and accepting help, your whole family will benefit.
In addition to providing relief for caregivers, respite child care assists your loved one in developing socialization skills necessary in life by helping to cultivate stronger relationships with others. When parents or caregivers take time to themselves, their stress levels decrease significantly, and their quality of life improves as well.