Respite care offers those who provide care for a loved one the opportunity to take time away from their responsibilities to rest, work or take a trip. Respite care can be offered in various different ways:
- In the home
- At a care home that offers adult day care
- At a residential care home on a short-term basis
Respite care could be just a few hours or it could be several weeks. It depends on your circumstances, your financial situation and the level of care your loved one requires.
Not only does respite care benefit you as a caregiver, but there are also advantages to the person you provide care for. When you avoid stress and burnout, it allows you to offer them better care. When your loved one spends time with professional carers and other like-minded people, such as care home residents, it offers them a chance to socialise.
Like with any challenging responsibility, caring for a loved one can be emotionally and physically draining. Respite care gives you a chance to take a temporary step back but still ensure they receive quality care.