Respite care is usually sought out by carers who are looking to take a break, either by going on holiday or spending some time at home. Respite care services mean that you, as the care recipient, can still receive sufficient care by professionals and it can provide many benefits for your carer. By taking some time away, they’ll be able to retain strength and continue to provide high-quality care, and they’ll rest assured in the knowledge that you’re in good hands.

For some, respite care really works to strengthen relationships with carers but, if it’s not the right option for you, there are plenty of other options to consider. However, if your carer is planning on taking some time away and you’re considering respite care, how do you know if it’s the right option for you?

Opportunities for friendships & social interaction

The close relationship that you have with your carer is, most certainly, one to be cherished. However, everyone benefits from a little change of scenery every now and then. In respite care, you’ll gain the opportunity to meet new people, and potentially, make new friends.

Loneliness is a particular concern amongst the elderly, and is something that many charities are aiming to combat. By surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals,  you’ll begin to fulfil your need for wider social interactions – something that helps to fend off a range of mental health issues.

Strengthen your relationships

Whether your carer is a close family member, or is someone with whom you spend a lot of time, you’ll likely have developed a close relationship with them. Taking a little time apart, though, may work to strengthen your relationship in the long term, allowing you both the chance to socialise with other like-minded people.

Reduces feelings of frustration and anxiety

For many, spending too much time in a single environment can bring about feelings of frustration and anxiety. When health conditions deteriorate, the places that the individual can safely venture become limited. However, sociable environments that are supported by professional carers offer opportunities to explore new friendships and have a change of scenery.

Offers support in emergency situations

In the event that your carer is called away on an emergency trip, respite care offers you an instant solution for professional support. You’ll have the opportunity to stay for as long as is needed, reducing feelings of unnecessary stress for you and your carer. On the other hand, in the case where you become injured, short-term respite care can offer you the tailored, professional therapy you need to recover in a cosy, comfortable environment.

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