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Benefits Of Residential Respite Care For Your Relative

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If you care for a sick or elderly relative, you may be aware that residential care homes offer respite care services for those receiving care from a family member. Respite packages can vary in length from one night to several weeks and are designed to take pressure off of family members who find themselves in the role of a carer.

There's understandably some worry attached to using a respite service and trusting care staff to look after your relative with the same compassion and respect you do, but there are also many benefits to engaging with this type of service. Here's an overview of three ways residential respite care can be beneficial:

Everyone Gets A Break

You may think of respite care as a way for you to get a break from caring for your relative, but it can also provide your relative with a much-needed break from their normal daily routine and surroundings. Residential respite can be like a holiday for some service users, with some respite providers offering catered meals, access to social activities, keep fit classes and on-site hair and beauty services. Your relative may enjoy meeting new people, and if they feel like they are burdening you, they may welcome the opportunity to give you a break from looking after them for a short while.  

Provides The Opportunity To Try Out Residential Care

If there's a possibility your relative will transition to a care home at some point in the future, residential respite care provides a noncommittal way to try out a different living environment. Most care homes that offer respite care also offer full-time residential packages, so it's possible for your relative to spend a few weeks as a respite service user at the care home they would be interested in moving to a permanent resident.

Confidential Access To Health Professionals

If you have to accompany your relative to medical appointments, they may appreciate the opportunity to see health professionals without you being present. Even if they have to be accompanied to an appointment by care staff, they may feel more comfortable discussing certain concerns with a health professional in the presence of a stranger than they would in the presence of a family member. If mobility issues stop your relative attending appointments on their own, they may be able to attend on-site clinics without the support required when travelling to appointments. This can allow your relative to regain some independence and a sense of autonomy.

These are just a few benefits of accessing residential respite care. If you're new to this type of care, taking time to visit several different providers and meeting with staff members before booking a respite break can help you and your relative feel more comfortable and confident in your selected care home. 


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