Being a full time caregiver for a loved one can be tough. Getting some much needed rest and relaxation can be challenging, SAYCARE offer a range of respite services to cater to your needs.

However daunting it may feel to leave the care to someone else for even the shortest of times, it’s good to know what options are available so you can put in place plans best suited to your situation. Don’t forget that you may also need emergency respite care at short notice too

What is respite care?
This all depends on what you need. It can be a break for just one night to catch up on some sleep up to a longer period of time to allow for a proper holiday.

If one of your parents cares for the other it’s easy to underestimate the toll it takes on them – particularly if there are broken nights of sleep. Being responsible for the health and well-being of someone increasingly frail is utterly exhausting and incredibly stressful. Most of them hide it very well.

4 types of respite care

○ Residential respite – care is provided in a residential home, a nursing home or a local care home if they offer short-term facilities.

○ Domiciliary or Homecare – arranging for someone to provide care in the home will minimise the disruption. This can either be accessed via a professional homecare service or perhaps through a local charity.

○ Day care centres – a trip to a day care centre offers company and a choice of activities. They are usually geared up for socialising, but some can offer personal care – along with transport to and fro.

○ Respite holidays – this can be a real win-win. Increasing numbers of holidays – hotels, cruises etc – offer breaks for carers and specialist accommodation for people needing extra care.

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