Don't Forget Caregivers Who Need Vacations

Megan Ray  |  August 20, 2011

Senior couple on the beachAmericans in general are over-worked people. We don't take enough breaks from work and when we do, we're often checking our email to make sure that we stay up-to-date on developments in the office.

Despite this, at least it's possible for most people to go on vacation. For the primary caregiver of a family, that's nearly impossible. Leaving a parent on his or her own can be a big commitment and the anxiety of the separation may make it seem like it's more trouble than it's worth.

Kathryn Haslanger recently wrote in The Huffington Post that caregivers can feel guilty about leaving a loved one and often think that things will fall apart in their absence. Even a weekend break may be out of the question.

Families who are facing this kind of dilemma may want to look into senior living communities that offer programs for respite stays. This is an affordable way to make sure that an older adult stays safe and comfortable, while being tended to by experienced professionals. A little time in this kind of community may also prove to be a good first step for adults may be transitioning to senior care communities in the future.