At some point in our lives there comes a point where we are relied upon to care for someone we know and love. The chances are that is will be someone older than us, such as our parents, aunts or uncles or even grandparent. Often it can also be our sibling too, but for the purposes of this advice piece we’re going to focus on the elderly.
Being relied upon as the sole carer for someone is heavily dependent upon that person’s time and availability and is often a huge burden to take on whilst also balancing the other jobs and activities that we carry out on a daily and weekly basis. When the carers themselves require a break, this is known as respite. Respite care is the provision of care services by a third party, in the home of the person in need of care. So, if you are in this situation and might be able to benefit from respite care Brisbane, read on.
Dependency on a carer can impact hugely both on the patient and on the carer. The need for specialist and often round-the-clock care services, at home can prompt the need to create alternative living arrangements. This means significant changes around the home, and an adapted way of life for the person acting as carer, for an indefinite timeframe. Of course, in old age when we are required to spend time in hospital, or have surgery, the recovery periods can be much longer than when we were young. The carer can therefore be relied upon for days, weeks, months and sometimes years.
Respite care provides support and relief on many levels. In short spells it can be used to provide a break for the main carer, who may need time to themselves to relax, or to look after other members of the family, or indeed to simply get to the shops, go to work, or do their own housework. Over longer timeframes respite care can be used for overnight periods, enabling the carer to return to their own home on a regular basis, spend time with their family and rest in their own time and space.
The support needs of the carer or carers are of course diverse and varied, therefore the skillsets and capabilities of qualified respite care agencies are required to help support and care for the family member or patient in need. Many providers have a selection of different support programs available to cater to the needs of the patient. They will also be available to provide support wherever the patient it based and for however long they are needed. So, if round the clock care is required for an in-home patient, carers will generally also work night shifts and stay on-site too. Experienced carers are also adept at picking-up wherever you leave off, to help provide stability, continuous support and seamless transition of care for the patient which minimises disruption to the care schedule and eliminates any worry about availability.
Ultimately respite care is available to support you and your patient, and confronted with often difficult scenarios, can help you to maintain a life of sorts by freeing-up time and enabling you the opportunity to do the things that you need or want to.