Caregiving for an ill, elderly or disabled family member can be a demanding job and nobody should face it alone. Using respite care services can be very beneficial for those giving care and receiving care.
What are the benefits of respite care?
There are many advantages of respite care for both those receiving care and giving care. Below is a list of benefits that come along with employing a respite carer.
Everyone needs stimulation and conversation from multiple people. Respite care allows both the carer to go out and socialise with other family and friends, whilst allowing those being cared for to meet new people in the comfort of their own home.
Although those who are cared for can be apprehensive about meeting and spending time with new people, it can be beneficial for them to find friendships outside of their usual social bubble.
Much like meeting new people, respite care allows those who need care to enjoy new experiences with their respite carer. This gives them the chance to take part in different exercises for their mental and physical health that they might not do with their full-time carer.
Sometimes even exercise can be dismissed by carers because they are too busy focusing on their loved ones and how they have to take care of them. More often than not, carers put the needs of their loved ones before their own and do not end up taking care of their own physical and mental health.
By using respite care periodically throughout the month, it will allow a carer to take time out to exercise and spend time looking after their own health, even if it is just a long walk once a week.
Hobbies and interests
Respite care allows carers to continue their hobbies and interests in their spare time without feeling guilty about it. Performing hobbies and activities is important because it allows carers to maintain their identity and enjoy their day to day lives without having to worry about somebody else. Resting and spending time away from their loved ones allows carers to avoid caregiver burnout.
By using respite care, it can relieve stress on the family of those receiving care. This can help to lift any frustrations and exhaustion between everyone in the situation. It can enable families to relax and have peace of mind knowing their loved one is in good hands and is being taken care of whilst they take a quick break. Respite carers can even be hired to work on holiday with the family of those needing care so they can join in with their family and allow the usual carer to relax whilst enjoying their company.
As with everyone, daily routines can become repetitive and stale. Respite carers might offer a new and fresh approach to certain caregiving activities and tasks that might suit the loved one more. The respite care may be able to offer different tips and tricks to help the carer.