With the holiday season upon us, many people who are Carers may be thinking of a holiday or at least a break from the pressures of long term care. Unfortunately for many this is only a dream. For those caring for the elderly or infirm, loved ones with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Strokes, the list is endless, it confines caregivers from having some time to themselves. The same applies to those who have friends or loved ones who are recovering from surgery or recovering from a long term illness. The feeling that there is no release from the physical and mental strain of caring every day of the week and night can really only be understood by those experiencing it.
So what is respite care? It is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a residential environment, in or outside the home. The term “short break” is used in some countries to describe respite care. A short break to a non-caregiver may feel like a long break to a caregiver.
Even though many families take pride in providing care for their loved ones so that they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite. Respite provides a break for the family caregiver, which may prove beneficial to their health and wellbeing. Three fifths of family caregivers age 19-64 surveyed recently by the Commonwealth Fund, reported fair or poor health, one or more chronic conditions, or a disability, compared with only one-third of non-caregivers.
So respite care has been shown to help sustain the caregiver’s health and well being. Importantly, studies have shown that respite may also reduce the likelihood of divorce and help sustain marriages that are put under pressure due to providing care. Seeking support and maintaining your own health for a carer are key to managing the role on a ongoing basis. Using respite care before people become exhausted, isolated, or feel overwhelmed is vital. Even the thought of regular care relief can become literally a lifesaver and the thought of your own time and space are a tonic.
Otus Live in Care can provide respite care based in your home while you are away on holiday or can mean that a loved one can travel with you with the support of a Personal Carer; the choice is yours. Our respite service provides planned short-term breaks, normally for a week or more. We can fit the service to your needs and requirements. The benefits of respite are twofold to the caregiver and to the person requiring care. Respite care is a positive experience for all concerned. We make sure that the Personal Carers selected have the correct skills, experience and shared interest as the person requiring care. The benefits are significant in having care in your own home because it is an environment in which you are familiar, comfortable and reassuring. Another possible added benefit is that the person requiring care doesn’t become totally reliant on family or friends.