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Respite care for complex care needs

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  • 21-07-2016
Respite care for complex care needs

Respite care for complex care needs

When you are caring for an individual with complex needs it can seem impossible to take a break. But the stress of supporting your loved one’s health needs can really affect your own wellbeing. 

Respite care doesn’t have to mean leaving your loved one in a hospital or residential facility. Whether the person you care for has a degenerative condition like multiple sclerosis, requires assistance with breathing or diabetes control or has a stoma; professional live–in care can provide all the medical care they need as well as friendly face and a listening ear. 

What to look for

Look for a caregiver who is experienced at managing individuals with similar health and practical needs. If the person you care for relies on equipment or machinery then ensure that any carer is confident with their use. There are a number of common care qualifications you could look for and nursing qualifications may be important, depending on your loved one’s specific requirements. 

Using an agency can be particularly important when looking for respite carers for someone with complicated health issues. They will ensure that there are enough carers scheduled to cover meals breaks and time to rest and sleep, as well as covering any staff sicknesses. An agency will also check qualifications and references and monitor quality of care, so that you have peace of mind.

Planning and Preparation

Whether it’s for a few hours or several weeks, letting someone into your home and entrusting them with your loved one’s care can be difficult. It’s important to meet with the carers first, so that they fully understand all the medical and lifestyle requirements. Running a trial shift while you’re at home may reassure you that your loved one is in safe hands.

What can respite carers do?

The short answer is: everything the person you care for needs. Experienced caregivers can assist with continence problems and catheters, support mobility and manage medication. For individuals with difficulty breathing they can support them with CPAP or BiPAP ventilation and if someone has a stoma they can provide sensitive and careful assistance.

Even though respite care is often for a short period of time, the one-to-one service should ensure a bond grows between your loved one and the carer. This can make it much easier for you to take time for yourself in the future.

Funding complex care

As a carer your needs can be assessed by your local authority. If you’re eligible, you may be allocated a personal budget to help purchase care, so that you are supported and have time to rest. This can be received as a direct payment, which could be used to hire live-in carers.

If the person you care for has a health condition that means they need ongoing complex care then you could apply for Continuing Healthcare funding, which is a package of care funded by the NHS.

With the right professional carers, you can rest safe in the knowledge that your loved one is being kept happy and healthy and you can return to caring with your energy and enthusiasm restored.

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