For many, the challenges of caring for a loved one are part of daily life. Care giving is a demanding, difficult job and no one is equipped to do it alone. Getting help is essential for your health, and your resilience is critical for your loved one.
Respite care provides short-term breaks that relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in your life. Working with family members or friends may be difficult, but there are many respite care options and strategies that you may not be aware of.
Seeking support and maintaining one’s own health is key to managing the care giving years. Using respite care before you become exhausted, isolated, or overwhelmed is ideal, but just anticipating regular relief can become a lifesaver.
Respite can take many forms, but boils down to two basic ideas: sharing the responsibility for care giving and getting support for yourself. Finding the right balance requires persistence, patience, and preparation.
Planning starts with analysing needs…both yours and your loved one’s. As a caregiver, is support what you need most? Some free time? Help with transportation? Keep track of your daily activities then make a list of the areas and times when you most need help. Identifying your loved one’s requirements, abilities, and preferences will also help you find the right match. Are social activities primary? Assistance with walking, eating or medications? Mental stimulation? Exercise? Answering these questions will help you determine which respite options to pursue.
Care @ Home Newbury Ltd In-home services can be provided, occasionally or on a regular basis. Services may last from a few hours to overnight, and may be arranged directly through Care @ Home Newbury Ltd. This popular respite choice enables individuals to remain in their own environments, and can be invaluable for caregiver.
Stimulation, recreation, and companionship can be provided by family members, friends, or neighbours while you take a break. Faith-based, community, and other non-profit organisations recruit volunteers, while home-care businesses provide trained staff to cover short in-home intervals.
Personal care providers assist with daily living skills such as bathing, dressing, feeding, or toileting.
Homemaker services support meal preparation, shopping, and housekeeping.
Skilled health care, which requires more specialised training and experience, addresses medical needs.