If you are the sole carer for a relative or friend, you will already know that, although rewarding, it is a demanding and sometimes stressful role. This is why respite care is available to help give you and the person you care for a much-needed break.
Being able to take a break from anything you do full-time is not only healthy but also gives you the time to spend with family and friends or doing the things you enjoy the most.
Amesbury Abbey Group luxury care homes point out that there are a few different types of respite care that are available to help and give you time to rest, including arranging care at a care home.
What is respite care?
Respite care is where the carer takes a break from caring. It benefits both the carer and those who receive care. Carers typically look after friends or relatives who need daily support due to old age, illness or disability.
The most common areas of respite care are for:
- Older friends or relatives who struggle to do daily activities
- If the person you care for is affected by dementia, Parkinson’s, a stroke, brain injuries or blindness
- If they have a serious illness such as cancer
- Or if they have any form of disability which requires full-time care
Carers will usually do household chores, assist with medication and sometimes washing and dressing if needed. Carers don’t need to be professionals and as caring can be a full-time role, you may be eligible for carers allowance from the government.
Respite care is available to help give you and the person you care for a much-needed break and time apart to do the things you enjoy.
The benefits of respite care
It’s important you make use of respite care. It enables you to take some time for yourself and time for your loved one to meet others and be looked after by professional and trained carers, providing the same level of care, so you don’t have to worry.
Respite care can be flexible to you, you can take a week or more off to enjoy a holiday or you can arrange respite care for a short period to spend time with family. If you are looking at respite care at a care home, speak to the provider and understand what options are available to you.
Some care homes are also open to emergency respite care in case any incidents happen where you are not available to provide care for loved ones.
At care homes, many trained professionals look after the residents 24/7. A trained professional knows how to care for your loved one. And as your loved one is receiving top-quality care; you can relax knowing they will be in safe hands.
Carers in a care home will be able to perform all the duties you do at home and even more to ensure their stay is as comfortable as possible. Even tailoring a special package so the person you care for gets the most out of their stay.
It gives them a break too
Although you will benefit from having a break, it also gives the person you care for a much-needed break too. Opting for a care home for respite care will give them a change of scenery and the chance to socialise with similar individuals. It may even help them to find new friends and enjoy a new environment. It can also help them by exploring new surrounds to give them a boost of confidence and a better sense of wellbeing.
Care homes usually offer daily activities such as film afternoons, floristry, arts and crafts and talks to keep residents entertained throughout their stay. This helps make it feel like a retreat for themselves. Or if they prefer a much quieter stay, this can also be arranged.
How do I arrange it?
Firstly, you may be entitled to funding for respite care from your local council. You can complete assessments to see if you are eligible.
Respite care is something to consider if it has been a while since you have taken a break, or if you need some time off to recover from an operation. There are many options available and you will need to consider what is the best option for both you and the person you care for.
If you are considering choosing respite care in a care home, look at what is available and what the care home provides to ensure your loved one’s stay is as comfortable as possible.