Three reasons to consider respite care this Christmas

Published: Monday 19th November 2018

With winter approaching we think more about the safety and well-being of our loved ones and how they will be cared for, especially over the Christmas holiday season.

Christmas can be a joyful time, but it can also be a stressful time for carers and a lonely time for the seven million people who live on their own, particularly if they have a disability or illness and don’t have close family or friends nearby.

We support many carers and families at Christmas to find care for their loved one. We’re experienced in making sure we take all the worry and anxiety away for all parties.

What is respite care?

Respite care is a short term, temporary live-in care solution enabling a carer, who may be a family member, to take a break.

Respite care in care home

For the following reasons, you may wish to consider arranging respite care over the festive season and through winter:

1) Caring for a loved one with care and support needs such as dementia, throughout the year can be extremely demanding for some. Arranging respite care to allow a carer to take a much needed break from their caring responsibilities allows them to recharge their batteries and maintain their own health and wellbeing

2) Many carers feel guilty about leaving a loved one at first, but in our experience, when they return fully energised and discover that the care matching of their client or loved one with our temporary carer has worked, and they see how happy and well cared for the person is, they realise that respite care can be the perfect solution for all parties

3) Respite care for short periods when older people are more prone to loneliness can reduce their susceptibility to illnesses and declining mental health.

Thus, respite care can provide the perfect solution to allow everyone to enjoy Christmas and the festive period.

If you would like to discuss how respite care can ensure that your loved one is safe and well looked after this Christmas, supported by a qualified live-in care worker, please call us now on 0800 0121 247.