Short term care, or respite care as it’s traditionally known, has a whole host of benefits for not only the carer in need of a break but their loved one receiving that care.
Caring is an extremely demanding job, both physically and emotionally for both the carer and the person being cared for, with carer fatigue becoming more and more common.
Short term care, or respite care, is short-term professional care that is designed to give the primary caregiver a respite from their caring role. This can take the form of short breaks of a few hours each week or longer breaks to allow carers to take a holiday or just have a break to recharge.
Taking these well-earned breaks occasionally to recharge your batteries and take some time for yourself outside of your caring role is important. By taking breaks, even as short as four hours per week, carers report an improvement in their own physical and mental health and lower levels of stress. Utilising short term care has also been shown to improve the care relationship and environment for both carer and person being cared for.
But the benefits don’t stop there.
As well as reducing the amount of stress felt by carers, short term care has a number of other benefits, including:
Short term care also has a number of benefits for those being cared for. These include:
Respite or short-term care is available to support you when you need a break for short periods of time – this may be hours, days, or weeks. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a break from your role as a carer. This gives you the opportunity to take some time out for yourself, spend time with family and friends, do some shopping, or just relax!
The best way to make sure you get the break you need is to map out times throughout the year and get in early to book in your chosen care. Taking regular breaks also allows your loved one to get used to the alternative care arrangements, making it easier to take a break the next time you need it.
This post first appeared on Envigor’s blog.