Respite Care Costs
Being a carer is a full-time job. It’s a round-the-clock, 24/7, never-ending job. Going out to work in an office, however demanding, usually allows you some down time in the evenings and at weekends, with holidays and sick pay available. But if you are caring for somebody vulnerable, their needs never abate and they require attention and dedication at all times. Those who have chosen to be carers usually feel very strongly that they want to be responsible for their loved one, whether they are a child with special needs, an adult with disabilities or an elderly parent. It can, however, also be very wearing and draining, and it is important that carers are given respite, even if only on occasion.
If you are a carer, then you may worry about how you would pay for additional care. There are a number of respite care cost savings options available, though, so it is worth arming yourself with the facts. In order to qualify for respite care, you and the person you are caring for will need to be assessed by the council. It is important that you are both assessed ? if it is just the person in your care, then only their needs will be taken into consideration. You should be offered the choice of making a direct payment by your local authority ? this means that you can effectively manage care in your absence by arranging for an alternative carer, or you could choose to take a break (with support) for both you and the person in your care.
The government also provides funding to give breaks for carers. This differs from simply having some time off, as you will be given a carer’s assessment to establish just what your own needs are, and it will give you the opportunity to do something based around these.
There are other ways of arranging some time off from caring without having to make a direct payment. For example, many people requiring care may be able to take short breaks in residential homes (or nursing homes). These are equipped to deal with people with a wide range of needs. If you can visit the home beforehand, you can reassure yourself the person in your care will be in good hands while you’re away.
Help at Home
Home care services can also help, whereby carers or helpers can visit the person you care for during the day and perform the same tasks as you would (giving you the chance to take a day off) or during the night, which is especially helpful if you often have to get up to tend to your charge’s needs. Not getting enough sleep can wear you down, so it is a good idea to try to recharge your batteries once in a while.
Caring for a loved one is extremely rewarding but everyone needs a break once in a while. Don’t feel guilty or uneasy about longing for a little time off ? there are systems in place to help you pay for these and work out the best options both for you and for the person in your care.