Today in our modern world we already lead very busy lives. Whether it is taking the kids to school, or managing our financial responsibilities to nurturing our own personal relationships. Specialist respite care allows carers that much needed break from caring for their loved one and a break to unwind and get some much needed personal time. Being an at-home carer brings many demands and stress to our already busy modern lives. Before it gets too much it is important to factor in some respite care and allow yourself that much needed break.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care is when you can take some of the responsibility and load off of the care that you are giving to your loved one by choosing to take a personal break and allowing your loved one into the professional environment of a care-home.Even though many families take great joy in providing care to 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 care.
Sixty percent of family caregivers aged 19 to 64 recently surveyed by the Commonwealth Fund reported fair or poor health, one or more chronic conditions, or a disability, compared with only 33% of non-caregivers. An outcome-based evaluation pilot study showed that respite may also reduce the likelihood of divorce, family issues and maintain a happy and healthy marriage.
There are a variety of options available for the carers and in today’s society more and more information can be obtained on-line to inform caregivers which and what is most appropriate for their needs. Read on below for the 10 reasons to consider respite care
Respite Care: A Break For Everyone
Often people seem to think they are invincible and that they are being selfish in taking time out to recharge their batteries. The realisation that you are not coping as well as you could should be an alarm bell in itself; however often people overlook it and carry on. People tend not to make a fuss about the amount of extra energy needed both mentally and physically to cope with everyday stress. The consequences, however, can be severe. And the rewards from taking a break really pay off in the long run.
Respite Care: Time to Rebuild Relationships
Respite care can allow you time to rebuild those other personal relationships around you, that can often become neglected when caring full-time for your loved one. While caring for your loved one, it can often be difficult to meet the immediate needs of others close to you. Respite care allows you to focus more of your attention on those personal relationships around you that are vital and important.
Respite Care: Money Well Spent
Often meeting the needs financially of caring for your loved-one individually can be more expensive than you may think. Offering a complete in-house care package can be a more-cost effective approach to at-home care because while providing full board and meeting the basic needs of day-to-day living there is also a wealth of additional activities on offer that help promote social well being and encourage leading a more active healthy lifestyle.
Respite Care: Peace of Mind
We all know that peace of mind is one of the prime motivators to a healthy outlook in life. A balanced and structured environment for both the carer and the cared can be beneficial to all parties. Often it is one person who takes on more of the worries and stresses involved with caring on a day-in day-out basis. By taking your loved-one into respite care you can be rest assured knowing that he/she is well cared for by professionals with ample experience in the care industry and this can give you that much needed peace of mind.
Respite Care: A Change or Scenery
Change is good in all areas of life and at all times. It is essential to have time spent doing other things away from the routine of full or part time caring. Change is essential to well-being and learning new skills or working on your inner self can bring about changes you never knew were possible whilst also providing a fresh outlook on life and a new perspective in your approach to caring.
Respite Care: Time to Accept Help
Making the decision to accept help is the first, but often most difficult step to take in giving yourself that much needed break. Realising that there are professionals on hand to help with caring and support groups to assist and advice in how to manage day-to-day life can give you that time to restructure your life. Respite care is an industry standard approach to relieving yourselves of the pressures involved in day-to-day caring.
Respite Care: Support from Other Carers
Often carers feel alone and isolated without really ever reaching out. This does not have to be the case since there are a whole range of online support and community groups available in most areas. Search via Google and investigate. It’s good to know you are not alone and most of what you are experiencing is similar to how other carers feel. Respite care can give you an opportunity to connect to some of these groups.
Respite Care: New Experiences
Respite care also has the added benefit of offering new experiences that your loved-one can enjoy. Such activities available as quizzes, bingo and local trips to the surrounding pleasure spots, national parks and trusts are all on offer in in-house care homes. Being in a new environment with new people provides fresh encounters and experiences. Often these new experiences can add extra vitality into your loved-ones life while also promoting healthy new brain activity and staving off the onset of certain diseases.
Respite Care: Become a Better Carer
While it’s not an official medical condition, burnout is recognised by the World Health Organization as “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion”, “increased mental distance from one’s job”, “feelings of negativism or cynicism”, and “reduced professional efficacy”. By ensuring you have time for yourself you can gain a fresh perspective and approach to your caring with new fresh ideas. but it will also make you more stable, productive and good-tempered for those around you.
Respite Care – Crossways Care Home Conclusion
Today a huge amount of young people care for their loved-ones who have developed health issues. There are many reasons for respite care and taking that decision can have ample benefits for both carer and cared for. From gaining a fresh insight and perspective of the carer to allowing your loved one opportunities to make new companions and gain fresh experiences, the benefits for both abound. With all of the above it is possible to return to caring with a new fresh perspective, noticing perhaps better ways to care and approach caring, in so becoming a better carer in the process.
If you are looking for respite care for a loved one, family member of friend, contact us and we can discuss respite care options that are available within Crossways Care Home.