If you are a full-time carer, it is important you take care of yourself and your wellbeing. Just like any job, you need time off to recharge your batteries and to rest.
While many carers struggle to ask for help and worry about the effect of a change of routine for their loved ones, there are many benefits of respite care for both the carer and those being cared for:
Sometimes carers need support to keep going or there could be times when dedicated care is needed to get a loved one back on their feet. Some of the reasons for respite or short term care include:
If your loved one has just come out of hospital, you may need extra support to give them the care they need following an illness or operation.
Taking a break from caring is proven to help your mental health and is beneficial to both the carer and their loved one. Respite/Short term care can help if you are feeling stressed or burnt out by your caring duties.
Is your loved one in hospital and been told they are not well enough to go back to their own home? Respite or short term care can be a solution to give you time to weigh up your aged care options and help transition your loved one out of hospital and into a comfortable environment while you make aged care arrangements.
Having a short term care or respite stay allows your loved one to get a feel for what it’s like to live in the aged care community or residential aged care home you are considering. This allows you both to see what it would be like to live in the community or facility before you commit to becoming a permanent resident.
While respite provided in a nursing home or residential aged care environment is what comes to mind when many people think of respite care, there are other options. Short term care is also available in an aged care community setting or short term care in your own home is another option. The key is to plan ahead and book in your chosen days in advance so you can prioritise your wellbeing and have regular breaks.