How family carers can benefit from respite care

What is Respite Care?

Respite care is a type of assistance that allows family carers to take a break from caregiving. This care focuses on helping family carers recharge, ease their stress, and avoid carer burnout. Rather than spending time attending to daily duties, respite care provides assistance and support to the family carer. Keeping the carer healthy and supported results in higher quality time spent together. The longer a family member can provide appropriate care, the longer the loved one can stay comfortably at home.

Role of a Family Carer

The role of a family carer can be an honour and a privilege. Some carers acknowledge they enjoy having the opportunity to “repay” their parent by caring for them. Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but intense or long-term care can often have a negative impact on the carer’s health and well-being. This is especially difficult if you are a first-time family carer. These individuals often struggle with balancing their role as a carer with their own family’s needs or caregiving and paid employment. This often leads to a situation where the carer feels overwhelmed and confused about what steps to take next in their caregiving journey, combined with the effects of anticipatory grief, and may put the family carer at risk of:

  • Psychological effects such as depression, anxiety, and anger
  • Health-related issues resulting from chronic stress, lack of sleep and/or physical exercise
  • Personal financial problems
  • Negative career consequences
  • Drug/alcohol abuse
  • Elderly abuse

In order to prevent the risks mentioned above, you should consider respite if you’re a carer.

Types of Respite Care

Respite care can be provided at home or in a long-term care facility. Care can be provided by friends, neighbours, family members, volunteers, or a home health care service provider.

Some examples of respite care services include:

  • Personal Care
  • Companionship
  • Meal Preparation
  • Medication Reminder
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Nursing

Respite care also benefits the person receiving care in the following ways:

  • Developing and nurturing the care recipient’s social, recreational and life skills;
  • Reducing stress and improving the long-term functioning of both carers and care recipients;
  • Preventing crisis situations and elder abuse.

Respite Resources are Available and Necessary for Family Carers

If you are a family carer, find time this summer to focus on you. You deserve an extra hand or some time to take care of yourself.  Contact us about Respite Care Services at 0118 940 1144

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