There are several reasons why someone becomes a carer for a loved one. This could be a disabled partner or child, or perhaps an elderly relative that needs extra care and attention. Whilst you are likely to become a carer because you love that person, it is no secret that it can really take its toll on your physical and mental wellbeing too.
This is where respite care can help. But how can it help and what if you feel guilty or concerned about taking a break?
Respite care is a form of short-term care. It is arranged perhaps for a day or a weekend for someone who is currently being cared for by a relative, however, the relative requires a break. Respite care can be delivered in the home environment or can take place in a care home, whichever is the best approach for the person. Another form of respite care can come with day centres.
Of course, one of the biggest things that respite care will do is give you the chance to rest and spend some time on yourself away from your caregiver tasks. However, there is so much more that it can do than this. Some people use respite care as a way to take care of their own lives, which can so often be neglected when they are spending so much time on care. This could be to run errands, catch up with friends or perhaps spend time with other loved ones who are not always the focus.
The main reason to take respite care is simply to reclaim yourself a little. Being a carer can consume your life and you can feel that you lack social interaction. This can have a detrimental effect on your mental wellbeing.
This is a normal concern or feeling when it comes to arranging respite care. However, you really shouldn’t feel any guilt. You spend so much of your time caring for that person, that you have earnt the break. Whilst they may not always be able to express it, they are grateful for what you do and they know that you need some time away to recover from everything that you do. Even if it is just for one evening at a time.
Not only this, but if you are feeling exhausted and drained from the care that you provide, then you are not going to be able to give your loved one the best care possible. Instead, by taking a break, you can ensure that your loved one receives the best care possible.
Thinking about taking some respite? Want to make sure that your loved one is in the best hands? If this is true for you then why not take a look at Home Aid, we provide a variety of dedicated care services, whether this is short term or long term, to help to make sure that your loved one as the best care possible.
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