Respite care – caring for loved ones so you can take a break

By 17/09/2023Advice
Respite care - in-home care services

At Bright Care we know that caring for elderly loved ones is rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming at times. As a Carer, unpaid or paid, it is important to look after yourself as well as your loved ones or clients. That is why respite care is invaluable for those who care for others.

In-home care services

Respite care is a chance for primary Carers to take a well-deserved break from their care duties, allowing them to recharge, look after their own well-being and address their personal needs. 

Taking time out for a holiday or some all-important “me-time” can help to reduce stress, and have a positive impact on a Carer’s overall health and well-being. Respite care can also help relieve fatigue and enhance the quality of care they can continue to provide in the long run. For the care recipients, this can be an opportunity for them to enjoy new experiences, social interactions and environments, promoting their overall mental and emotional wellbeing.

Types of respite care

Respite care comes in many different iterations, such as long-term help at home from a care provider, regular day care centre visits, short stays in a care home, respite holidays and sitting services. How the respite care is funded will depend on the type of respite you need and your personal circumstances. 

As a Carer for your loved ones, respite care can be arranged for you via several different routes. Your local council can arrange for its social services department to carry out a needs assessment on the care you give to your loved one and determine if they should provide you with some respite care.

Respite care - in-home care services
There are also charities that offer different forms of respite care for the elderly: 

  • Mind for You offer specialist holidays for those with dementia.
  • Royal Voluntary Service visit those in the community who are feeling isolated or are struggling at home.
  • NHS Care, Volunteer Responders (England only at this time), can refer people for Check in and Chat services, either in person or over the phone.
  • The Respite Association offer respite holidays for long term Carers.
  • The Carers Trust offer lots of useful information and a search function for respite services wherever you are in the UK.

Alternatively, you can arrange for a private in-home care provider, such as Bright Care. We offer respite care as part of our in-home care services, so that we can provide support when it is needed. Whether you need us to provide one-off respite care for your loved one when you go on holiday or if you would like a long-term in-home care service, we can help.

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about the in-home care services we offer, our team can talk you through the options available, please get in touch.

If you would like to join our team providing private in-home care services for the elderly, please apply now.

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