When A Respite Care Home May Work
We all want the best for our elderly parents and loved ones. Some of us are lucky enough to have genes that happily see us through old age, in our jeans! Independent, and healthy in body and mind. But as we age, there’s no doubt we need more help and assistance. And if you and your elderly loved one have made the decision and worked out how their care can be provided without the need for a nursing or retirement home, then this article will shine a thought on when a respite care home may work for you from time to time instead.
A ‘Respite Care Home’ is a type of nursing home where your loved one stays for a predetermined amount of time – from an hour a day to a number of weeks a year – before coming back home again.
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When A Respite Care Home May Work: 3 Top Instances
1. Medical Conditions
When it comes to your health, medical conditions, could come up and will have to be dealt with. For many people, these medical issues could be short-term and simply involve some time in hospital getting treatment. If you find yourself in this position, you’ll need to arrange care for your loved one for the short term, which is where a respite care home comes into play.
You can rest assured your loved one is taken care of while you deal with your medical condition. You’re free to focus solely on getting treatment and feeling better. Once you’re fully recovered, you’ll then be able to get back to caring for your loved one.
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2. Scheduling Conflicts
There’s a good chance that being a caregiver to your elderly loved one might not be your only important role in life. You could have children to nurture, a career to develop, and much more. Caregiving can often interfere with these obligations, when it comes to an important event outside of your home. And you could struggle to choose between them – whether it’s your child’s sports final, or a business conference.
With respite care, though, you wouldn’t need to worry. Since the approach takes the caregiving element out of your hands for a while. It’s an effective way to make sure everything is taken care of. And to save the issues of scheduling conflicts.
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3. Recharge & Refresh
Even though it’s the most rewarding and loving thing to do caregiving can be a difficult thing to do, especially if you’re doing it full-time. Even professionals have time away to deal with the stress, and arrange for a locum to take over to ensure care is continuous.
You mightn’t have access to help when taking care of your loved one and could find you’re the sole caregiver. If that’s the case, you’ll typically find yourself becoming increasingly more worn down. You can work around this by placing your loved one in respite care, which gives you a few weeks of much-needed rest and relaxation, letting you recharge for the time being. Once your loved one is discharged, you’ll find yourself much better able to look after them.
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When A Respite Care Home May Work: Wrapping Up
Of course there are more than the few times we’ve highlighted above for when a respite care home may work for you and your loved one. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking this approach. In fact it can often be a recommended route. Not only do you get to take care of your needs, but your loved one is well looked after too.
Remember if this is an option for you then make sure you do your research for what facilities and services are available to your loved one and you – read the research and reviews of the establishment or institution. Because while the respite is for you as caregiver, your loved one should also have an enjoyable time while they’re there.
Further Reading: 5 Caring Ways to Support the Elderly in Your Life