It is estimated that around three in five of us will become carers as some point in our lives, with the majority of those becoming family carers. Family carers often provide unpaid care with full-time responsibility and little if any respite.
But research has shown that people performing the role of family carers have double the levels of illness, disabilities and chronic conditions and 83% say their health has been negatively affected by conditions such as hypertension and back pain.
On top of that, the demands of being a family carer can affect mental health with the majority reporting stress, anxiety and depression. Being a full-time carer can be lonely and isolating with less time to see other people and your focus centred on the person you are caring for. Of course, you would do anything to ensure that your loved one’s needs were always met, but working 24/7 with no pay or respite would take its toll on anybody, quite understandably!
That’s why it’s so important to have family carer relief, to look after your own wellbeing as well as ensuring you are in the best condition to look after your loved one. It is understandable that we would want to do all that we can to be there to care for someone we love, but it is important to give yourself time out to avoid burnout and ensure you can feel refreshed and relaxed and come back to caring with a higher level of tolerance and patience for what is often a challenging role.
You may feel guilty about handing over responsibility for your family member to a relative stranger, but you can feel confident that our carers are well trained, highly qualified and verified and that your loved one will be in the best hands.
Family carer relief can be anything from a few hours a week to run errands, see family and friends or simply relax or could be on a longer-term basis such as over a weekend, week or fortnight to enjoy a short break or holiday away from your caring responsibilities and truly relax and wind down.
Live In Solutions can provide family carer relief on terms that suit you, whether it’s a regular appointment or a yearly holiday, we can provide you with respite care to give you peace of mind that your loved one will be in the best hands whilst you are away and be well looked after.
A break can be good for both of you, giving you time and space away from each other and a change of routine and scenery, helping you to both appreciate each other even more when you are reunited. Caring can be extremely pressurised for all involved so it is completely understandable that you would need a break from each other to protect your relationship.
We will work with you to design a care plan that works for you and fully understand the caring needs of your loved one, so they have everything they need whilst you are away.
Whether you need regular, ad-hoc or emergency respite care, we are more than happy to offer our services and ensure your loved one is well looked after at all times.
If you would like to find out more about our family carer relief options, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us and discuss your needs. We’ll be happy to discuss a care plan and the best solution for your respite care.
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