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The advantages of respite care at home

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The advantages of respite care at home

The advantages of respite care at home

Many carers keep going, without the rest they desperately need because they feel guilty and scared about leaving their loved one, even for a short time. They may worry that the person they care for may not settle in a new environment or won’t get the level of support and assistance they require. But a residential facility is not the only option. Home carers can be a great alternative for respite care, allowing your loved one to stay healthy, happy and safe in their own home.

How home care can help?

Adaptable care:

Home care services are totally flexible so that you can choose the right level of care for your loved one’s needs. From just a few hours to allow you to get out and about, to helping with chores to support a family member who is providing respite, to complete around-the-clock nursing care, anything is available depending on your budget and your needs.

A familiar environment:

The most important advantage of home care is simply that your loved one stays at home. They will be surrounded by all their home comforts: the bed they love, a favourite tea-cup, the armchair where they read the newspaper every morning can all make such a difference to their sense of well-being. This is especially helpful in dementia, where new environments can increase confusion and cause real distress.

Regular routines:

Staying at home can allow the person you care for to stick to the daily routines they know and love, instead of adapting to a residential facility timetable. Hobbies, interests, favourite TV programmes and preferred meal times can all be enjoyed. Again, this can be of real benefit in Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, where keeping to a schedule has been shown to improve cognitive function.

Family and friends:

Staying close at hand means that friends, neighbours and family members can stay in contact with your loved one. They may pop in to check that everything is going well, or could be an integral part of the care plan and work with the home carer. Having help nearby can be really reassuring both for you and the person you care for.

Care and control:

When you hire a home carer, either through an agency or privately, you have the opportunity to check them out. You can review their references, meet them and even run a trial shift, so that you know that they interact well with your loved one and can be trusted. If you hire through an agency, they will also monitor the quality of care and help ensure that your loved one is in the best possible hands.

Four-legged friends:

If you have pets at home, they can stay together with your loved one. The special relationship between pet and owner can really decrease anxiety and improve quality of life.

Help for the future:

If you have reliable in-home care in place you can choose to adapt it to respond to your developing needs and to those of your loved one. By ensuring that you get right level of support, together with the regular breaks you need, you can maintain your own health and well-being so that you are better able to care for your loved one and keep them safe and well in their own home.

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