When caring for a loved one there may come a time when you feel that you need a break or a little time off. Many carers feel a sense of guilt when feeling this way, but everyone needs time to look after their physical and emotional health, this is when respite care becomes incredibly important.
What Is Respite Care?
What exactly is respite care? Respite care simply means that additional support is required for an individual when their usual carer, or member of the family, has a short break.
These home care services can be in the form of personal care services that include washing, dressing, and all other intimate care needs. It also covers social care needs such as shopping and enjoying a coffee together. Domestic care needs are also covered that include all household chores.
Respite care can focus upon one of these care areas, or it can encompass all three. A home care service should always be highly personalised and encompass the daily living, social and emotional needs of the individual.
The Importance For The Carer
Respite care is incredibly beneficial for the carer. Firstly, organising additional care can help to reduce stress levels as the carer can take a break, knowing that their loved one is being well looked after.
This then allows them to partake in social activities that they may not otherwise participate in, due to their caring role. This helps to improve their sense of wellbeing and improve mental health.
It can also be a time to catch up on personal issues and appointments and to look after their own health care needs. Home care services also allow for the opportunity to catch up on sleep.
Beneficial For The Individual
Although respite care is predominantly aimed at the carer, it is also incredibly beneficial for the individual. Respite care means a friendly new face, new conversation and someone new to interact with, which is important for emotional health.
Some individuals may prefer their respite carer to follow the same routine and that is fine, the routine can be extremely calming and therapeutic, especially for individuals who have dementia. Many people also crave conversation with someone who is not family, and respite care allows this to happen.
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