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Respite requirements for younger adults

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  • 15-06-2016
Respite requirements for younger adults

Respite requirements for younger adults

When you are looking for respite for a younger adult it’s important that the care responds to their individual needs. Their lifestyle, interests, routines and social life all need to be considered, as well as their health demands.

No two people are the same, so when planning respite care it should be tailored to your loved one’s specific needs. That way the person you care for can be supported in living their life the way they want to.

The right carer

Entrusting your body to someone else’s care can be frightening. Be careful with background checks of qualifications, police records and references, or use an agency to provide peace of mind. However the most important thing is how your loved one gets on with the carer, whether they have a rapport. Involve the person you care for in the process of choosing the carer and suggest a trial shift so you can see how they interact. A good carer should be a friend to chat with over a cuppa as well as someone to keep them safe and well.

Planning and preparation

Meet with the respite carer in advance so that they fully understand your loved one’s health needs and personal preferences as well as the things that are guaranteed to drive them mad! You can develop a specific care plan for the period of respite that will ensure all medical requirements are met but more than that you’re loved one will stay happy, fulfilled and may have some fun.

Maintaining activities or trying new ones

Staying active and stimulated is really important, so consider transport to existing activities, ask family or friends to help out or look for a carer with a clean driving licence. Maybe the carer could introduce your loved one to new experiences and hobbies too.

Specific needs

If the person you care for has mobility issues, incontinence, needs tube feeding or has other specific health requirements, check that the carer has the experience and training to deal with these. Before you leave, discuss a plan of care that addresses and responds to their individual needs, ensure the carer knows how much the person you care for is able to achieve on their own so that they can support them in a task rather than taking over.

Staying in touch with friends

Friendships and strong social circle are a really important way of providing support and boosting wellbeing. By staying at home, your loved one will be close at hand for friends and family to pop in and they’ll have their computer close at hand to stay updated on social media.

A chance for privacy

Staying social is important but so is the opportunity to have time to oneself and a little peace and quiet. With one-to-one care in the home environment it is easier to grab a little me time.

When you’re tired and stressed it’s easy to become grumpy and short-tempered. A real break can give you both some time out, so that you can return to caring with your body and mind restored and your relationship reinvigorated.

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