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Why is respite care important?

Recent statistics show that there are around 6.5 million carers in the UK. Some caregivers support an elderly loved one by helping with tasks like cleaning or grocery shopping. Whereas, other caregivers support a loved one on a full-time basis. Taking care of a loved one is a rewarding and meaningful task, but it can also be extremely demanding. This is why it is completely natural – and essential – that you take a break from your caregiving duties from time to time. This is where our professional respite care services come in. Respite care allows caregivers to enjoy some downtime while knowing that their loved one is receiving the support they need.

Respite care at a glance

Our respite care services are designed to relieve caregivers of their responsibilities by providing temporary care. You can use this time to enjoy a holiday, catch up with family and friends, run errands or simply enjoy some time alone, all while knowing that your loved one’s needs are being met. Our respite home care services mean that your loved one will continue to receive quality care in the place they feel most comfortable – their home. One of our reliable respite carers can support your loved one with various tasks and activities including housework, cooking, personal care, administering medication or mobility support. They can also provide an excellent source of companionship and emotional support while you’re taking a well-deserved break.

Changing the bedsheets

Your dedicated carer will work around your loved one’s routines and patterns to ensure continuity of care and minimise disruption. Our respite home care packages can be tailored to your loved one, with anywhere from short 30-minute visits throughout the week to full-time live-in care available. We will take the time to get to know you and use our expertise to create a unique care plan that is tailored to your loved one.

The importance of respite care for caregivers

Caring for someone can be physically and mentally draining and cause feelings of stress and burnout over time. Every caregiver should take some time for themselves and remember to place a focus on their own health and wellbeing. Having regular breaks from caregiving will benefit you and your loved one in the long run as you will be better prepared to face the demands of caregiving.

Respite care can also be arranged urgently in an emergency situation. For instance, if you are unable to provide care due to illness or a family emergency. We can usually arrange specialist care within 24 hours, although this can often be arranged quicker in a crisis situation. This means you never have to worry about your loved one being without the care they need. One of our trusted carers is always available to step in last minute and help.

Respite care for people with care needs

As one of the UK’s leading home care providers, we have over 30 years of experience supporting people all across the UK. Every Helping Hands carer undergoes a strict recruitment process before completing intensive fully-regulated training and assessments. Our carers have experience supporting people with a wide range of health conditions including dementia, Parkinson’s disease and other complex health conditions.

Respite care for complex needs

Helping Hands is part of the Dementia Action Alliance, and many of our carers undergo additional training modules to broaden their knowledge of dementia care. This means that you can have complete confidence that our carers will provide the best possible support for your loved one. Helping Hands carers always show compassion and are fully committed to helping people to live the lives they want, regardless of any health conditions they face.

Benefits to families and friends

As a family-run company, we understand that handing over the responsibility of care for a loved one can be quite daunting. However, it’s important that you take regular breaks from caregiving to relax and recharge your batteries. Respite care is mutually beneficial for you and your loved one as you will return feeling recharged and ready to handle the demands of caregiving, whilst your loved one may enjoy the company and support from a different friendly face and perhaps even start to build up a friendship of their own.

If you would like to start the process of arranging respite care or would simply like to discuss our home care services in more detail, then give our specialist team a call. Our lines are open seven days a week and one of our friendly customer advisors would be more than happy to answer any questions and have a chat about how we can help.


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