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Choosing the right type of respite care

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Choosing the right type of respite care

Choosing the right type of respite care

You care for your loved one because you want them to stay comfortable, contented and well, at home with you. But we all need a break to restore body, mind and spirit. There are many options for respite care, by finding the right type for your family, you will be able to relax knowing your loved one is safe and being well cared for.

Friends and Family

By working together, your family members and close friends may be able to share some of the caring duties. Whether it’s popping in during their lunch break so that you can get out and about, offering to drive your loved one to day care, or staying with them while you have a holiday-each individual may be able to help in different ways. So, if you’ve been putting on a brave face and struggling on, be honest. With some help and time to rest, you may be able to continue coping and caring for longer.

In-home help

In-home help can provide as much, or as little support as you need. Carers are hired to come into your own home, they could sit with your love one for a few hours while you catch up with friends, exercise or just rest. The service can be very flexible from just a few hours to full time depending on your needs and your budget.

Caregivers can do household chores, assist with self-care and bathing, or live-in for a period of respite and provide overnight supervision. This can be a great option as your loved one stays in a familiar environment and there is minimal disruption to routines.

Day centres

If you would like a regular break during the week, a day centre can be an excellent alternative. They provide a variety of stimulating activities as well as support and the opportunity to socialise. Different centres are available for different adult day care needs, with some specializing in people with dementia. They can be interesting and diverting for your loved one and also allow you to have a little time to yourself.

Contact social services for a care assessment to see whether you are entitled to a local authority service, or see if any private care homes nearby provide day care options.

Residential respite

Replacement care in a residential home can provide a longer block of time to allow you to go on holiday or have a more extended period of rest, when your care duties are starting to cause your health and emotional wellbeing to suffer.

Many caregivers feel guilty, or that they are abandoning their loved one. But the time apart can really benefit both of you. A break can help you stay physically and mentally well enough to carry on caring.

Exhaustion can make us grumpy and short tempered, you will return after your respite calmer, more able to deal with any challenges and your relationship with your loved one can grow stronger as a result.

A respite holiday

Respite care doesn’t have to be close to home. There are companies that provide tailored holidays for individuals that are disabled, elderly or affected by dementia. They provide the care your loved one needs and also the opportunity to explore new places and have new experiences.

So, you can relax with the knowledge that they are safe and well. Check-out Revitalise, the Calvert Trust, Holidays with Help and our accessible holiday blog entry for more information.

Find out more about the range of respite care services that we offer throughout London.