3. Prevents loneliness
If you provide care for a loved one, you may also have other responsibilities, such as work or caring for children. If that is the case, an elderly relative in your care may experience feelings of loneliness or isolation. Respite care not only offers you the chance to rest, but it ensures your loved one can spend time in a new environment surrounded by experienced and caring staff. If your loved one is offered respite care at a care home, they can also socialise with like-minded residents.
4. Builds better relationships
When you provide care for an elderly relative it can cause strain on your relationship, which leads to anger, upset and resentment. Respite care can strengthen relationships by preventing these types of feelings from bubbling up, even if just accidentally.
5. Ensures you can take care of other important things
Taking care of a loved one is a time-consuming commitment, and it can mean that other responsibilities are sidelined or delayed. Respite care allows you to focus on yourself and other aspects of your life, whether it is work, rest or play.