Respite care is a short-term stay in a care home. Respite breaks can be planned, or unplanned in cases of emergency. Often, a respite break is arranged to give a carer a break from their care-related duties.
It allows you to take the break that you need, safe in the knowledge that your relative is getting the care that they need. Being a carer can be very demanding, taking up a lot of emotional and physical energy. Carers often feel worried or guilty about taking time off. But taking breaks from caring is very important, for both the carer and the person being cared for.
It is important not to let your caring role take over your life. Ideally, you should find a balance between caring and looking after yourself, particularly if you have other commitments, such as your own home, family or a job. It is important to look after your own health too. You will be able to provide better care if you are not exhausted and run down.
For your relative, respite care can also have positive benefits for the person being cared for. In some cases, it can provide specialist medical care that you are unable to provide – for example, to help them recover from an operation or illness. Going on a ‘respite holiday’ can be enjoyable, giving your relative the opportunity to meet new people and take part in different activities.
Why don’t you give our manager Lisa a call today, to discuss the different caring options available?
We would love to invite you down to the Manor for a cup of tea or coffee.