Respite Care – Taking a Step Back to Recharge

Taking care of a loved one with special needs is a labor of love, but it can be very taxing both physically and emotionally. Respite Care allows family caregivers the opportunity to take a step back, relax and recharge – ensuring that their loved ones are safe and well cared for while they are away.

There are a variety of options available for respite care, from community services and support agencies, to residential respite facilities. Often, local councils will fund respite care for carers who have been assessed as needing it. If you’re thinking of using this type of care for yourself or someone you look after, it is important to get both of you assessed by a health professional.

If you’re looking for in-home respite care, there are agencies that provide trained professionals to help with day-to-day tasks and provide companionship, social activities and mental stimulation. Some can also assist with medication and transportation to medical appointments.

Alternatively, consider swapping respite services with other caregivers in your area if you’re able to do so. This can be a great way to meet other families, build friendships and learn new ways of coping. It can also allow you to spend more time with your own children, helping them to maintain or rekindle their interests and relationships outside of your shared caregiving duties. It’s common for long-time family caregivers to feel lost without their responsibilities when they finally seek respite care, so doing some planning and careful selection before handing over the reins can help ease any anxiety. Respite Care