Respite For Carers
Respite for carers is a care support service that offers interim short term relief for those who are responsible for caring for a loved one.
Many families take the on the responsibility for caring for a relative and take joy from the fact they are looking after their loved ones in their own home. Often they chose to care for a relative themselves to allow their loved one to stay in their own home and minimise the disruption in their lives. However this can place great emotional, physical and financial stress on the family providing day to day care.
Respite care is designed to give carers temporary relief from the challenging task of caring for a loved one. These much deserved time limited breaks give caregivers a chance to take time away from the day to day responsibilities of providing care. These breaks can range from just an afternoon once a week to a full week to allow the family to perhaps even take a holiday.
Taking a break from caring for a loved one is important to help maintain your own well-being and give you a chance to do something for yourself. These care breaks can also provide a positive experience for the person receiving care and delays or avoids them having to be cared for outside their home.
Some local authorities may provide respite care after an assessment of both you and your loved ones specific needs. Where local authorities do not provide a respite service for carers there are local private care services that may be able to assist in giving you a well deserved break.