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What is respite care and how does it work?

Respite care means taking a break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else. It lets you take time out to look after yourself and helps stop you from becoming exhausted and run down.

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Respite care is often an important part of treatment and care for people dealing with the elderly. It offers a chance for both people with care needs and those that help to care for them to reboot and take a break from their usual routine. For anyone who requires care, it gives them the opportunity to spend time with someone different and perhaps do some new things. Carers also benefit from respite care because they get some time to themselves, away from their usual responsibilities. Respite care helps to avoid resentment or burnout.

When is Respite Care used?

  • After an accident.
  • After a hospital discharge or recovery from surgery.
  • To cover a regular carer so they can have a break.
  • To give regular or temporary relief for a family member who is caring for a loved one.

Key Benefits of Respite Care

  • Retain your independence by staying at home where you are can continue doing the things and activities you enjoy amongst familiar surroundings.
  • Personalised support for you , ensuring things are done the way you like them
  • Valuable rest for you regular carer, allowing them to have a break and feel recharged on their return whether that’s a family member who can have some regular ‘time out’ or your normal carer.
  • Short term care. Whether you’ve had an accident, are recovering from surgery or have been discharged from hospital, we can provide the support you need.

What Is Respite Care?

Respite care is designed to provide relief for family or a carer. It can also be a useful break for anyone receiving care. Some respite care is given in emergency situations, while on other occasions it is planned in advance. It might be provided after an assessment, while waiting for permanent care arrangements to be made. With a respite care, a temporary carer looks after a loved one or client when the primary caregiver isn’t available. It can be for short-term breaks, whether it’s due to a holiday, an emergency or any other reason. Respite carers offer the exact same service as a normal home carer, just on a temporary basis. They’re qualified, trained and compassionate professionals whose main goal is to make sure clients are safe, healthy and comfortable in their own home.

The Importance of Respite Care for Carers

Temporary care is often an essential part of a care plan so that a carer can have time to take care of their own needs. It’s essential that someone providing care is also able to look after their own health and wellness so that they can do their best to be there for the person they care for. Respite care can give carers the chance to catch up on sleep, address their own health issues, or simply have time to relax. Being a carer takes a physical and emotional toll, and sometimes people need a break to recharge.

Respite Care for People with Care Needs

It’s not just carers who need a break sometimes. People who have care needs can also benefit from having someone different administer their care for a night, a few days, or even a week or two. Respite care can offer a chance to interact with someone new. Respite care can help people who receive care to regain some of their energy too.

What is the cost of Respite Care?

The cost of Respite care will vary according to a carer’s experience and a clients needs. Hourly care prices at TrustonTap start at £17/hour and are on average £20/hour. Overnight care prices vary depending on whether the night is a sleeping or waking night and vary from £125-£165 a night. Live-In care costs from £1,200 a week.

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