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What are the benefits of Respite Care?

The benefits of respite care are numerous for both the person being cared for and the person’s family. Reasons to use respite care add up when you look at the results of recent studies in the UK and US. These have found that carers are much more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than non-carers. Caring for an elderly relative can be very stressful and very demanding, both physically and emotionally. No carer should ever feel guilty for enjoying a day off when they can think about other things and carry out other activities.

Advantages for All

The advantages of respite care for the person concerned are that they have a change of scenery on a?semi-regular basis. The stimulation of being in a different environment and socialising with people they?wouldn’t normally socialise with can do wonders for a person’s well-being. Some people being cared for don’t like the change in routine or are anxious about doing something out of the ordinary, but a change is often as good as a rest, as the old adage says. With a little encouragement even the most reclusive of people can find themselves enjoying respite care.

A huge benefit to the carer is that they can switch off during the respite care. They can be secure in
knowing that the person they normally look after is being cared for in a safe environment by people who are qualified and experienced.

Increased Patience

The mental relief of having some time off can give the carer a renewed sense of vigour when the patient?returns to them. If neither the carer nor the patient has had any time apart from each other for a number of days or weeks, then little things which would normally be brushed off can become much larger problems to deal with. Patience can be tested and frustration can appear. Respite care can offer both the patient and carer some much needed time away from each other. Stress levels and patience levels often improve on?both sides with a little time apart and perhaps appreciation for the other person is also noticed.

Respite care also allows patients to remain in their homes rather than live in a care home full-time.
The respite care may be once a month, once a week or a few hours a day, but it allows them to return to their home at the end of it and carry on with their life as before. This is often a powerful incentive for a patient who is aware they need help but still wants the independence of their own home.

Family stress is much reduced when a person starts using respite care and this can lead to stronger and?better relationships all round in the long term.

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