Who Does Respite Care Help?
There are many reasons as to why we put our loved ones into respite care, from offering them a chance to get the feel for life in a care or nursing home to giving the family a break from care duties, or even if a carer falls ill. But who does respite care help?
When a member of our family begins to show their vulnerable side, we start to spend an increased amount of time caring for them or worrying about them. This can take its toll on us, not only physically, but also mentally.
If you, as a family member, are the primary carer, you may find that it can greatly impact upon your own personal life. Some may have left work, or you may be juggling work alongside caring, and possibly even a young family. Over time, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed, and even resenting your loved one. This is why respite care can offer you a welcomed break. It can allow you to know that your loved one is in a place of safety, where all of their needs will be met in a welcoming and friendly environment. Meaning you too can have a break, or even take your family on holiday. You should never feel guilty for using respite care to take a break for yourself.
We often bring in an external carer to take on the primary care needs of our loved ones. However, we often see that families will not allow this to relax them, and still have increased levels of concern. This concern increases if the carer then falls ill, or the care company look to swap carers. During this time, your loved one can be placed into respite care, allowing you time to seek an alternate replacement. This can also allow carers to have holidays, without the family having to step in.
While respite care helps to ease the pressures on the family, it can also allow the individual to have time away from their home and interact with a range of other individuals.
While in respite care, the individual will enjoy all the activities that the home has to offer. This allows them to meet a range of other residents, participate in activities that can get them more active than they would be at home, and help them to do some brain training with mental activities.
A respite stay can leave your loved one feeling as relaxed as they would had they been away on holiday, and in many cases can have them feeling mentally if not physically better than while they were at home. A good and positive stay in respite can even have them feeling more comfortable about making the move permanent, which may suit them better in the long run.
Once respite comes to an end, the family has to consider the options moving forward. If the respite has been unsuccessful (which is rare) and the individual has requested to be cared for at home, the family will need to look at a more permanent care plan.
However, if the respite has been successful, the individual may have returned home feeling more invigorated than before, which will have them more willing to participate in activities. The key here will be to keep up the activities at home and consider regular respite breaks.
Alternatively, both parties may feel that it is now time to consider the permanent move to a care or nursing home now that they are safe in the knowledge that they will be welcomed and have their needs catered for.
Here at Lovett Care, we offer respite care across each of our homes. Our respite care usually lasts anything from two weeks to a number of months, depending on the individual and their circumstances. In some cases, both the individual and their family decide that our care is the best place for them, and they continue their stay as a permanent resident.
For more information on our respite care services, or to discuss the needs and requirements for your loved ones, please get in touch with one of our teams today who will be happy to advise you of the next steps. For answers to a range of FAQs please visit our knowledge hub.