Respite care in your home provides temporary relief for you as the primary carer, enabling you to take a much-needed break from the demands of supporting a family member.
Whether it’s for just a few hours a week or to enable extended time away from home, seeking respite care can help ease the burden of family carers and help to relieve stress, restore your energy, and promote balance in your life. It can also prevent you from becoming exhausted, isolated, or even burned out. Maintaining your own health is key to managing your role as a carer, so it’s really important to take time away from your responsibilities for others to care for yourself.
If you become overwhelmed by the daily grind of supporting another, your patience and compassion will wear thin, you’ll find it harder to connect with the person you’re caring for, and you’ll probably both feel unfulfilled. Respite care benefits the person you’re caring for, too, providing them with variety, stimulation, and a welcome change of routine.
By having a break to recharge your batteries, you’ll feel more energetic, focused and reinvigorated in your caring role. You may even be able to pick up tips from our trained support worker on new ways to tackle common problems you face as a carer, making the care journey less isolating and a more enjoyable and rewarding experience for you and your loved one.