Finding a care home is a difficult process for everyone – there are many things to consider, and various circumstances that have people in search of a care home, for example, the need for respite care. Respite care is temporary care, typically in a care facility, for an elderly, ill or handicapped person – providing relief for the person(s) that are their usual residential caregivers. If you’re in search of a care home or service that offers respite care, you may ask, what are the benefits?
RESPITE CARE PROVIDES HEALTH BENEFITS TO THE PRIMARY CAREGIVER
The primary care-giver for someone in need of round-the-clock care is often a spouse, sibling or child of whomever the care is necessary for. As the primary caregiver, they are likely to experience stress, sickness, exhaustion or perhaps even depression; respite care can provide the primary caregiver with the break from their responsibilities that can be much-needed at times. Respite care comes in different forms – it is temporary care that can be either in-house or institutional in the form of extended stay centers (care homes) or adult day centers.
TRIALING A CARE HOME
One reason that many use extended stay respite care is to trial a senior community or care home. Not each care home will be a perfect fit for your loved one, so it is important to try multiple to ensure that they are getting the best care possible in their preferred environment.
PROVIDES RENEWAL AND RELAXATION FOR THE PRIMARY CAREGIVER
Being a primary caregiver is often likened to a full-time job. It can be exhausting, and like all jobs, you may need a break from time to time. As this is a stressful responsibility that is highly demanding, it’s okay to ask for help. This is where respite care can help primary caregivers to maintain their own health and well-being – as it provides a temporary break from caregiving responsibilities, whilst still providing your loved one with the safe, professional care that they require.
RESPITE CARE IS A WIN-WIN
Care giving can be a challenging responsibility, even if it is also a rewarding one. Because of this, it’s very understandable that the primary caregiver may need an occasional break – whether it be for leisure, business travel or vacation. Respite care is a win-win situation for both the caregiver and their loved one. Whilst the caregiver is given a break from their responsibilities, they can take comfort in that their loved one is still getting the care they need in a professional, caring and nurturing environment.
Here at The Hollies, we offer independent respite care services, as well as care on a long-term basis. For more information or for any enquiries please contact The Hollies directly on 01453 541400 or firstname.lastname@example.org