If you’re a family caregiver, having a range of responsibilities is probably nothing new to you. A typical day might consist of getting the kids to school, working until 5 pm, coming home to make sure the kids are fed and the dog is walked, giving the house a good clean…and then heading to your parent’s place to make sure they’ve taken their medication and the house is in order.
When you finish all your tasks for the day, you crawl into bed so that you have enough energy to do it all over again tomorrow.
It’s exhausting just thinking about it!
In a moment of desperation, the thought of taking a vacation creeps into your mind but you quickly push this aside. Guilt overwhelms you. How could you even think about taking a vacation? Who would look after Mum and Dad while you’re away?
Well, you’ve come to the right place. We provide respite care in Suffolk, Essex and Greater London to give family caregivers the break they deserve when they need it most. Read on to learn how respite care works and how it can benefit you and your family.
What is respite care?
Respite care is short-term care that’s temporarily provided to relieve family caregivers of their caregiving duties. The purpose of respite care is to ensure your loved one continues to get the support, company and help they need to live well, even when you’re away.
Some tasks our compassionate carers can help with include housework like cooking and cleaning, support with rehabilitation, assistance getting to and from appointments, help with personal and continence care and companionship.
Even carers need a break
The reality is: no matter how much you love your Mum and Dad, even carers need a break. Choosing to take time off to rest, go on holiday, or look after your mental health does not make you a ‘bad’ person. In fact, it’s in the best interest of yourself and your loved one.
Think about it: providing quality care, on top of everything else going on in your life, is emotionally and physically challenging. Without taking the time to recharge your batteries, you run the risk of experiencing burnout. This can lead to reduced levels of energy, compassion and patience which can affect the quality of care you’re able to provide – and that doesn’t benefit anyone.
When you return from your time off and resume your caregiving duties, we guarantee you’ll feel re-energised and ready to provide your loved one with the quality care they deserve.
Our respite care services: how does it work?
Depending on your family’s needs, we can provide respite care on either a short or long-term basis. That means we’re here for you whether you need us for just the afternoon or weeks at a time. Before we begin, we’ll take the time to know your family and determine the amount of support needed and desired. We’ll also do our best to match your family with a carer who shares similar interests, hobbies and personality traits.
Get in touch
If you or a loved one require our compassionate respite care services, we are here for you when you need us. Please feel free to get in touch with our team with any of your questions or concerns. We would be more than happy to provide more information on how we can help.