What is Respite Care?
Respite care is a type of assistance that allows the family caregiver to take a break from care-giving. This type of care focuses on helping family caregivers recharge, ease their stress, and avoid caregiver burnout. Rather than spending time attending to daily duties, respite care provides assistance and support to the family caregiver. Keeping the caregiver healthy and supported results in higher quality time spent together. The longer a family member can provide appropriate care, the longer the loved one is able to stay comfortably at home.
Role of a Family Caregiver
The role of a family caregiver can be an honour and a privilege. Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but intense or long-term care can often have a negative impact on the caregiver’s health and well-being. This is especially difficult if you are a first-time family caregiver.These individuals often struggle with balancing their role as a caregiver with their own family’s needs, or caregiving and paid employment. This often leads to a situation where the caregiver feels overwhelmed and confused about what steps to take next in their caregiving journey combined with the effects of anticipatory grief, and may put the family caregiver at risk of:
- Psychological effects such as depression, anxiety, and anger
- Health related issues resulting from chronic stress, lack of sleep and/or physical exercise
- Personal financial problems
- Negative career consequences
- Drug/alcohol abuse
In order to prevent the risks mentioned above, you should consider respite if you’re a caregiver.
Types of Respite Care
Respite care can be provided at one of our short-term residences. Our residences are staffed at all times so you can have be rest assured your loved one is looked after.
Some examples of respite care services include:
- Personal Care
- Short-term accommodation
- Meal Preparation
- Medication Reminder
- Light Housekeeping
- Community participation
Respite care also benefits the person receiving care in the following ways:
- Developing and nurturing the participant’s social, recreational and life skills;
- Reducing stress and improving long-term functioning of both caregivers and care recipients;
- Preventing crisis situations and elder abuse.
Respite Resources are Available and Necessary for Family Caregivers
If you are a family caregiver, find some time this summer to focus on you. You deserve an extra hand or some time to take care of yourself. AriesCare offers respite care and home health services that are individualised and designed especially for you. Contact us about respite care on 03 8782 3784.