How respite care helps families provide the best care for their loved ones

30 Jul 2021 | Respite Care, Why Eximius?

When a loved one requires care, we understand how important it is for many people to provide that care themselves. We also recognise that providing this care can be cumulatively exhausting.

It can be challenging for many carers to take a break from providing care for a loved one. But adequate rest and recuperation are vital. Looking after your own health is essential if you want to continue providing care. In these situations, respite care can help.

Why taking a break can sometimes seem impossible 

Providing care for a loved one can be very tiring. You might be juggling your care duties with employment and family responsibilities. Or the care you are providing may be round the clock or through the night, or simply of an intensive nature. Whatever the scenario, it is incredibly normal for it to take its toll on your physical and mental health and your relationships.

It is hard to give yourself the break you deserve. Considering taking time for yourself can evoke feelings of guilt, or make you feel as though you’re not trying hard enough. Again, whilst this is very normal, these feelings are misplaced.

It is essential to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing. You won’t be in a position to look after your loved one and provide care if you are too exhausted or become unwell.

Sometimes even a short break or time with other family members and friends can be hugely restorative. You can return to your loved one refreshed and able to continue taking care of them.

Once you’ve decided that respite care is needed, the next hurdle can be finding someone else you can rely on to care for your loved one in your absence.

Why the right respite care equals peace of mind   

Respite care can be put in place for as long as you need. We recognise just how important it is to leave your loved one in capable and trusted hands.

Without this peace of mind, any time away you do manage to take can end up feeling hugely compromised. Feelings of distraction, concern, and guilt are commonplace if you don’t have faith and confidence in whoever is providing care to your loved one.

Here at Eximius, we take the time to work closely with you ahead of any planned respite care to make sure we understand everything your loved one needs. We’ll carefully match one of our professional companions who has the right training, experience, and temperament to take care of your loved one. Should respite care be a regular commitment, we’ll strive to ensure continuity by choosing a carer who can fit into your family’s schedule.

Our bespoke respite care enables your loved one to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own home and we support our clients in multiple ways:

  • Managing and administering medications
  • Companionship
  • Personal care
  • Organising and accompanying clients to medical appointments
  • Helping them stay socially active
  • Help with domestic tasks
  • Help with much loved pets
  • Help with food shopping and cooking healthy well-balanced meals.

We also appreciate the importance of checking in on a loved one when you are away. We can give you an update on the phone as well as via our PASS system. This app stores vital information about our client’s wellbeing which anyone involved in the client’s life such as companions, loved ones, and health professionals can access at any time. It can include details such as medication that has been administered, meals that have been eaten, and any appointments attended. It enables families to be kept in the loop even when they are unable to be there in person.

We can provide respite care for short term breaks for carers, or following a hospital stay, operation, or illness, or even as a trial-run for live-in care. We also understand the toll that night time care can take on our clients and their families and our live-in night care service can alleviate this strain.

The right respite care can enable you to provide the best care for your loved one, always.

Choosing the correct care is an important decision and our experienced team are here to help every step of the way. If you or a loved one would like to understand more about any of our live-in care services, please get in contact, we’d love to help.