A Few Benefits of Respite Care
If you are responsible for caring for someone, whether it is an elderly parent or other family member or friend, you will want to do your very best for them. However, with all the other calls on your time, it can sometimes be difficult to provide all the care you want all of the time. This is when you will really appreciate the advantages of respite care. Some of the principal benefits of respite care are outlined below.
More Family Time
Although you want to fulfil the caring role for your loved one to the best of your ability, you may feel that sometimes you end up neglecting other members of the family who also need your time. Arranging respite care can give you the time you need to take care of other obligations without feeling you are letting the loved one who needs you down.
Caring for a dependent is very stressful work, particularly if you have other commitments such as family and work to cope with at the same time. When you feel the stress building up, respite care can help by giving you time to yourself to relax, rest and concentrate on the things you enjoy. Reducing your own stress means that there will also be a less stressful environment in your home generally.
Your Own Health
It is well known that carers tend to forget about their own health when they are concentrating on maximising the well-being of their loved one. It isn’t just you who will suffer if your health deteriorates: it also means that you will not be able to provide the care for your loved one as you would like. So it is definitely worth looking after your personal health and ensuring that you get the rest you need. You could also benefit from time to yourself to exercise and keep yourself fit in an enjoyable way. Respite care of as little as just four hours in a week has been shown to benefit both the physical and the emotional health of a majority of carers.
Keeping the Family Together
Concentrating on the well-being of one family member can mean that you lose sight of how well the other members of your family are doing. Respite care can help restore the bonds between family members who are well and those who need support by taking away some of your responsibility and giving you the opportunity to get close to other members of the family. Having a little distance between yourself and the person you are responsible for caring for can frequently give you a renewed perspective, allowing you to see the situation more clearly.
You should be able to admit that you are as entitled as anyone else to have some time to yourself, and respite care will give you the chance. All the support your loved one needs can be provided by respite care, and it will help all the members of the family to remain happy and healthy.