As we get older, we become more prone to certain medical conditions that need hospital treatment, such as emergency surgery, hip or knee operations, complications with diabetes, heart conditions, and other diseases, or general ill health. If you have an elderly loved one who has recently undergone – or who will undergo – treatment for a medical condition, they will need all the help they can get once they are out of hospital and are at home. This is where the presence and assistance of a live in caregiver comes in, especially one who is trained and experienced in respite care. But what exactly is respite care, and what benefits can it really provide?
The basics of respite care
Simply put, respite care is providing care for a senior individual, which is not permanent but only temporary. Respite care is generally required after ill health, after an operation or surgery, and the like. Whilst respite care can often be provided by the elderly person’s family members or relatives, or even a family friend, there may be times when the primary or main caregiver is unavailable or would like to take some time off. As much as we prefer taking care of our loved ones ourselves, sometimes it’s necessary to take a break and re-energise, or have some time to focus on our own chores and responsibilities, and so this is when temporary help from a live in caregiver can be invaluable.
A necessary service
Respite care provides a much-needed and necessary service for those who are providing care for their loved one but who need to have time to do other things. But respite care is also very useful for elderly individuals who are normally capable on their own, but due to surgery or an operation are unable to care of themselves for a period of time.
For those who care for their loved ones themselves, respite care and care at home provides them with time off so they can focus on important tasks and activities such as shopping for groceries, paying bills, exercising, spending time with their children and spouses, and even just taking a break and resting.
The good thing about respite care is that it can last for as long or short a time as the client wants. If the main caregiver would like to go on holiday, for example, they can rely on respite care for their loved one without worrying about their loved one’s situation and circumstances.
When choosing respite care for your family member, however, make sure you choose a caregiver who is reliable and experienced, who has the necessary qualifications and who has undergone background checks, and who can get along well with your loved one.