What is respite care?
Picture this: you’ve just come home for a long day at work, the kids need help with their homework, the dog needs to be walked, the laundry needs to be done…oh, and you need to pop in to check on Mum or Dad, making sure that they’ve taken their medication and the house is at it should be.
You finally get everything done and collapse into bed, utterly exhausted. Dreams of white sand beaches and Parisian cafés pop into your head but you push these aside. Taking a break is an absurd idea, surely? There’s simply too much to do and who would look after Mum or Dad in your absence?
That’s where we come in.
If you’re a family caregiver in need of some rest and relaxation, we offer respite care across Suffolk, Essex and Greater London. Read on to learn about our respite care services and how they can benefit your family.
How does respite care work?
Respite care is temporary care designed to give family caregivers like you a much needed break from their care-giving duties. Our respite care services ensure your loved one continues to get the quality care they need, even when you can’t be there.
We can provide respite care on either a short term or long term basis, depending on your family’s needs. Whether you need us for just the afternoon or for weeks at time, we’ll make sure your loved one is well looked after while you take the time to rest, relax, and recharge your batteries.
The importance of taking a break
Are you really going to place your loved one in the hands of a stranger? Does taking time off make you a ‘bad’ person? If you’re experiencing feelings of guilt or hesitation, we get it.
Many family caregivers go through similar emotions when thinking about respite care. But the truth is, everyone needs a break from time to time and family caregivers are no exception.
Providing good care is a physically and emotionally demanding task. Without taking the time to manage your own mental wellbeing, you run the risk of burning out, which can significantly reduce the quality of care you provide.
The importance of taking a break
Just imagine trying to provide quality care when you’re so exhausted that patience, energy, and compassion levels are running low!
We hope you understand that there’s nothing selfish about taking time off. In fact, it’s actually for the best.
When you return to your caregiving duties, you’ll feel energised and able to provide the standard of care your loved one deserves. Plus, just think about all the stories you and your loved one will be able to swap!
The benefits of respite care
Respite care isn’t just beneficial to you, the caregiver – your loved one also gets to enjoy its benefits. First of all, it offers them the opportunity for increased social interaction. Regular visits from a friendly carer give them the chance to make new friendships and speak to more people.
A break from their regular routine also adds some variety into their life. Even just a small change can offer something different and exciting! Lastly, when the pair of you reunite, you both get to enjoy renewed energy and feel better because of it.
Get in touch
If you and your family could benefit from our respite care services, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We’re happy to answer any of your questions and provide more information.