What is respite care?
Respite Care means ensuring you, as the main Carer, have opportunities to take a break from your caring responsibilities, whilst the person you care for is looked after by someone else.
Looking after someone is physically and emotionally challenging. As a Carer, you need to take time out to recharge your own health and well-being. Consider what might happen to your loved one if you weren’t able to look after them.
When flying to a new destination, the safety demonstration on the aircraft always tells you ‘in an emergency put on your own oxygen mask before assisting anyone else’. Why? Because you can’t help anyone else if you’re unconscious from lack of oxygen.
For that reason, you need to consider respite care as your oxygen mask. Whether its for a short breather a few hours a week, or a longer break to allow you to completely recuperate and charge your batteries.
Don’t forget, your loved one, the person you look after on a daily basis, can benefit from respite care too. They get a break from their daily lives too, whilst maintaining essential routines. Perhaps meet new carers, or a for change of scenery. Respite care is (or should be) a positive experience for everyone involved.
To find out more about how Unisus can help you have a much-needed break, have a look at our Respite Care page.