The UK care system is struggling to provide the necessary care for all of those in need, which makes family caregiving so important. They provide unpaid care to elderly loved ones, making them feel safe, independent and in a place that’s familiar to them.
Although family caregiving is often a good option for many, it does still have its problems – the time, commitment and energy required to provide the level of care needed can lead to you being exhausted – often known as caregiver burnout.
This is where respite care comes in.
What is respite care?
When turning to a friend or family member for help with caregiving isn’t possible, respite care gives the acting caregiver a break from their duties for a short period of time – either to go away on holiday or simply for an emotional break.
But respite care can also benefit the person receiving the care – they get to meet somebody new, who has plenty of experience.
Are there different types of respite care?
Respite day care – is a social, active type of respite care where elderly people are able to go to a specific place to receive care. They meet lots of new people of a similar age and get to try new activities, for example singing, art or exercise classes.
At-home respite – this type of respite care can be provided in their own home. It’s incredibly flexible and can be tailored exactly to the needs and wishes of the client. Care can be daily, weekly, fortnightly or for a block period of time.
Respite within a care home – whilst most nursing and residential homes are for longer-term, some do also offer respite care services. For some, it’s a great opportunity for your loved one to trial the experience should they need to go in one in the future.
Why is respite care important?
Caring is an invaluable gift to your loved one – it enables them to stay with the people they love, in an environment they’re comfortable in. However, it can be so consuming for the family caregiver that it takes over their life, to the point where their only value is being ‘the carer’. Some also have to deal with the demands of being a partner, parent, child and an employee.
Respite care ensures the caregiver takes time for themselves; something that many neglect to do. They’ll feel emotionally and physically rejuvenated following the break, which benefits both themselves and their loved one.
Is there funding available for respite care?
Local councils will only fund respite care if they have been assessed as needing it. You can read more information on this here.
Preparing respite care
It’s important to plan far in advance for respite care, particularly if an emergency pops up and you need someone to fill in for you last minute.
Everycare Hants provide respite care for Winchester residents and can assist with everything from medication support, to personal care and household chores. Our live-in carers often become more like friends and companions, sharing moments, meals and offering emotional support.
Discuss your respite care requirements by calling us on 01962 842548.