Respite care, is any care arrangement designed to give rest or relief to unpaid carers, often family caregivers. It aims to support carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities.
Everyone needs a break from time to time and carers are no different. It is important that they can have a rest, whether it is a short break to run errands or meet friends, or longer time spent away. Breaks are good for a carer's physical and mental wellbeing and can enhance the relationship with the person they care for. Respite has been shown to help sustain family caregiving with health and wellbeing benefits.
This is where 360 can help as we are able to provide this care with one of our highly-trained members of staff who takes on the care giver’s role whilst they take a well-earned break.
Care can be provided in the individual’s home, and many people prefer this because they can stay in a familiar environment and maintain daily routines. We can do this in a variety of ways:
- come in during the day to give the carer a break, with the carer using the time to do something they want to do (eg: go to the shops, visit friends or pursue education or a hobby)
- spend time with the individual and engage them in social activities both inside and outside of the home
- care for the individual in their home during the night to give the carer a chance to sleep. This service can be offered in two ways the first would be a ‘sleeper night’ basis where the care worker expects a reasonable night’s sleep but is on hand for emergencies; and the second is a ‘waking night’ service where the care worker is on duty throughout the night.
- stay with the individual or make regular visits over a certain period of time so that the carer can go on holiday or have an extended break away from the home.