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Care Home resident with staffWhat is respite care for older people?

You might have heard the term respite care a lot when looking at potential care options for either yourself or your loved one. It might be a term that you are unfamiliar with or something you don’t fully understand.

If so, do not fear we will aim to clearly define what respite care is, so that you can fully understand its benefits and whether it is suitable for you or your loved one.

Respite care is a temporary arrangement offered by trained carers for numerous care types including assisted living, residential care, dementia care and nursing care. It is also available for elderly people or those that need extra support following an operation or illness, or while their regular carer takes a well-earned break from the demanding duties of being a full time carer.

Being a full-time carer can be an extremely demanding role. Respite care breaks are an opportunity for carers to take a holiday or simply spend some time looking after their own needs, safe in the knowledge that their loved one is receiving the very best care. Respite care can be a valuable break for your loved one too – it’s a chance to meet new people, enjoy a change of scenery and try out some new activities and experiences.

With age comes new challenges, which can often require special care and attention from time to time. However, many elderly people prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home as it is familiar, instead of going to live in a retirement home.

In these cases, respite care for elderly can prove to be a cost effective and beneficial solution that will allow the elderly person to receive the care they need while still retaining their independence.

Carers will therefore usually visit their home a few times a week to check on the elderly person to make sure they are healthy and happy, while emergency respite care for the elderly can also be provided on request.

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