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Respite Live-in Care

For those times when family carers need to re-charge their batteries and it is so important, they do. Live-in carers are on hand to ensure you feel confident that your loved one is in safe hands allowing the time to take a break and relax. Respite is a short period of rest or relief from something difficult. Respite care means taking a break from caring for your loved-one, whilst the person you care for is supported and looked after by someone else.

Arranging a Live-in Carer for respite will enable you to arrange respite homecare for the elderly or for a young adult or anyone in between here. Respite care is a short-term care solution used as an alternative to your usual care plans. Whether you are a family member looking after a relative, or you have a Live-in Carer, a break is necessary for you or them to be able to provide the best quality care. As experts in our field, we understand that caring for a loved one full-time will, at some point result in physical and emotional consequences for a family carer which can be overwhelming. It is not only fully acceptable to take a much-needed break, but it is also proven to be immensely beneficial to the health and well-being of the family member or carer; and so in turn will result in better quality of care for the person in need of full-time support.

Live-in respite care at home provides much needed companionship and friendship, along with looking after more complex needs of a person needing 24-hour care. Live-in Carers can cook nutritious home-cooked meals, accompany to social and family events, enjoy hobbies together, be a friend who listens, help look after pets, and provide care support. Respite homecare can be planned or arranged when an emergency arises. Many of our clients book regular respite care weeks with us (e.g., 1 in 8) where we will introduce a live-in carer to either cover the family carer while they go away or work with them to alleviate some of the daily chores and enable them to catch their breath and take some much-needed time out quite literally. Our clients who book regular respite care weeks benefit from the same rates as our 'on-going' clients and many are fortunate enough to have the same care worker return regularly so the transition is smoother all round.  

Around 3 in 5 people will become the family caregiver at some point in their lives. Providing care for your relative is a rewarding role, however it is usually unplanned meaning you might find yourself having to drop everything to look after your family member. Being a caregiver is challenging both physically and mentally - you might find yourself in one of these scenarios:

1.  Having to balance and separate your life between being a caregiver, and being present with your own family

2. Finding it hard to be a caregiver, and have a career

3. Physically tired after caring for someone for long periods of time

4. Emotionally unsettled having to switch roles with your parent

5. Navigating aggressive or confusing behaviour from a relative with a condition such as dementia

6.  Suppressing negative feelings about the situation and not being able to talk about them

 

All the above can become too much for one person to handle and you might find yourself burnt out. Burnout is a condition during which your body and mind are completely exhausted, during which you could lose focus, start to forget things, become clumsy, stop caring and paying attention - this is dangerous to both you and the person you are caring for.

Respite Live-in Care is when a Live-in Carer comes to live with your loved one in their own home and provides round-the-clock care so you can have a break. Respite care can be arranged for a week or two (or longer if you need to!). You can arrange respite care in 24-48 hours with Access Care. During this time, you don't have to worry about your relative and can enjoy a guilt free holiday with your family, or simply rest at home to recharge your batteries.

In some cases, people realise that being the primary caregiver for their family member is too much, and they arrange Live-in Care on a longer basis. This allows them to focus on their own family, their careers, and their own health. There is nothing wrong with admitting you need a helping hand, and you should do this guilt free - Live-in Carers become trusted companions and friends to your relative.

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