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Respite care requirements for elderly people

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  • 09-06-2016
Respite care requirements for elderly people

Respite care requirements for elderly people

Caring for an elderly relative can be very rewarding but it can also place you under a level of strain that may put your physical and mental health at risk. It’s essential to take a break-but often your loved one may be frightened and resistant to care.

Respite for you doesn’t have to mean residential care for them. In-home respite care is a viable alternative, allowing your loved one to stay safely in their own home while you get the rest and relaxation you need.

Things to consider when you are planning a period of respite may include:

Familiarity breeds…content

For the elderly a change in environment can be very unsettling. They are usually much happier with all their home comforts around them. This is especially important if they have a condition like dementia, where sticking to regular routines and places can significantly improve cognitive function. Meet the prospective respite carer in advance so that they fully understand your loved one’s pet preferences and hates. The care can be tailored specifically to their individual needs.

The right carer should respond to their requirements and know not to move things around or change usual meal times.

Staying together

Using in-home care for respite can be a cost effective way of caring for a married couple, allowing them to stay together and without the need to pay for two separate residential places. It can also allow your loved one to stay at home with any pets. Ensure that any carer doesn’t have any allergies or problems with animals.

How much care?

Think about how much care your loved one needs. Will other family members be able to cope with a carer to support them, or is a carer that lives in and provides around-the-clock support essential? Consider using an agency so that enough care is provided to cover meal, break and rest periods and any staff sickness or absences are covered.

A Friendly face:

Letting someone into your home can be frightening. Be careful with background checks of qualifications, police records and references, or use an agency to provide peace of mind. Make sure your loved one meets with the carer first, so that they get to know and trust them. Running a trial shift while you’re at home may reassure both of you that they are in safe hands.

Specific needs:

If the person you care for has dementia or other specific health requirements, check that the carer has the experience and training to deal with theses. Before you leave you can discuss a plan of care that addresses and responds to their individual needs.

Getting out and about:

While you are away it’s better if the person you care for can keep up with regular hobbies and activities as well as any hospital appointments. So, think about transport options and consider asking family and friends for back up support.

Choice and control:

Be honest with your loved one and explain that you need a break and then plan the best respite options together. Encourage them to look at potential carers, consider what assistance they would prefer and to get involved in any interview process.

With the right support in place at home, you can relax and know that all of your loved one’s needs are being met and the excellent level of care that you have provided will continue in your absence.

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