The importance of Respite

by | Jul 22, 2019 | Care

A lot of carers believe that it should be down to them to care for a loved one, and that they shouldn’t or don’t need help. They will regularly turn down opportunities to do things for themselves; many having given up work, socialising, hobbies and appointments because their priorities lie elsewhere. No one can tell a carer that they are in the wrong for doing this, far from it, but the impact it has on their own wellbeing can be significant.

NHS UK define respite care as taking a break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else. They detail how respite care lets you, the carer, take time out to look after yourself and helps stop you becoming exhausted and run down.

Respite care comes in many forms. You may need a couple of hours off in the day to run errands, or you may need a few days off to go on holiday. At Kinect we have a number of ways we can help.

If you need someone to come in to look after your loved one for an hour or two so that you can run errands or do things for yourself, you can take advantage of our sitting services where one of our care assistants will visit them in your home, or support them in engaging in activities outside of the home.

If you need someone to come in for longer, or more frequently, you can set up weekly visits to have our care assistants visit your loved one in their homes and help support them with things around the house, or take them to regular appointments or groups.

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