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Respite care is short-term caregiving support designed to help caregivers and those that they care for. It can be an important resource for caregivers who are looking for extra flexibility in their caregiving arrangements for various reasons and periods of time.
Help for the Holidays
A key example of respite care in use is when a carer is planning a well-earned break or holiday, or if you’re looking for a little bit of ‘me’ time to recharge. Respite care can provide short term relief from caring duties so the carer can take a break with the peace of mind that their loved one is being cared for.
Self Care for Caregivers
Another (often overlooked) reason to employ the use of respite care is to give full-time carers a break. Self-care is very important, they often overlook their own mental and physical well-being while trying to ensure the health, safety, and happiness of those that they care for.
By utilizing the services of respite caregivers and organizations, full-time carers can ensure they’re getting time to recharge their own health and well-being.
An Expert Opinion
Respite care is also an excellent option at times where the extra support and expertise of trained carers is needed, such as when a loved one has been unwell or is returning from the hospital.
Having the assurance and experience of specially-trained respite carers provides the comfort needed during stressful and uncertain times, and may allow extra time and space to prepare for bigger changes.
Respite care professionals follow industry best practice – meaning that the care and safety of loved ones (particularly if they’re unwell or are in recovery) is at the forefront of their decision making.
Transitioning Into Full-Time Care
There may come a stage where a loved one needs to transition into a full-time care situation. Respite care can help to manage the transition by slowly incorporating external care into the mixture of care given to the individual.
By managing their care in this way it can make the change seem less forced and more natural. It can also lessen the sudden shock that may come to the caregiver.
Respite care offers caregivers (and their loved ones) the ability to have flexibility within their arrangements so that they can manage holidays, convalescence and other periods of stress or unsureness with ease. Respite care can provide the required level of care (ensuring that the quality of life of your loved one remains as high as possible) in moments where discomfort or sickness is affecting either the caregiver, or the person being cared for. It may be an important service to consider if you’re struggling to manage the stresses of full-time caregiving, or if you’re looking for some extra help.