Respite Care for the elderly

Respite care is described as a temporary or emergency care offered to elderly, disabled or sick patients. This normally happens when the usual caregiver is unable to provide the support. Reasons why can be many but majority is the caregiver needs a break, due to an emergency or other reasons.

Respite care

Regular readers and followers on my social channels know I love to travel and do it regularly. Whilst this is one of life’s true luxuries it’s not something that everyone can do. It is said traveling is a luxury I never understood it until I started traveling. Exploring the world, discovering new places, cultures and way of life has been an eye opener. Now what happens when you want to travel but are someone’s caregiver and can not take them with? As mentioned already, traveling is a luxury many can’t afford not only financially but support with other aspects of life.

Caregivers can range from a few hours a day or 24/7 service. After doing it for a while it can take a toll on someone physically and mentally. When that happens more caregivers consider many options from sharing the load with another family member or use Respite Care.

Respite Care for the Elderly 

When I turned 18 years back I decided to work in a residential home looking after the elderly. Back home there is no such thing as residential homes or care homes for the elderly (only disabled). We have a different family dynamic where we lived with our extended families. When I was young I was surrounded by both sets of grandparents. We are raised to not only respect and love our grandparents but to use them as source of life lessons. Who better to teach about life than someone whose lived it. So when I moved to the UK and turned 18 I couldn’t wait to work as a carer and applied right after my 18th birthday. For me working with the elderly I knew I would be filled with tales of the older times and pick up a tip or two about life.

Working in a care or residential home for the elderly and/or disabled I came to have an appreciation for such settings. Of course there was the odd person who just wanted to stick their elderly parent in a home  because they didn’t have time for them. But majority it was because care wise it’s the best situation for all. For others, who’ve chosen to look after their elderly or disabled family member respite care is a God sent. I worked in Residential Homes or Care in community and after 5 years I can say it took its toll on me. I can not even imagine for those who do it daily caring for their loved ones without a rest. Barchester Healthcare has put together a Respite care guide for those looking for respite care (temporary) or long-term plan.

Has your family ever used or considered respite care for a family member?

What was your experience?

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14 Comments

  1. February 10, 2017 / 3:58 am

    Respite care takes its toll on mental and physical health. The problem is we don’t have enough happy reserves to take care long term of disease and disability.It’s good that you wanted to give back to community.

  2. Nichole Freeman
    February 9, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    This is a very important topic that people need to know about. Although my Grand Mother did not require respite care there are so many that do.

  3. Chris Strickland
    February 9, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Great post, all kinds of cool info in here!

  4. Ann
    February 8, 2017 / 12:26 am

    Great post, my parents are in the Phillipines,. This is a great information

  5. Ashlee
    February 7, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    My mother used to work at an elderly home for many years… she loved it! She said it was a very rewarding job.

  6. February 7, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    A very gokd venture. Ho nice that you do it.į
    Thanks for sharing

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  7. Nicki McLaren
    February 7, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    I am sending this to my mother right now. She has been taking care of my great aunt who is nearly a hundred years old for quite some time and she has been run down for awhile now. Thanks for sharing.

  8. February 7, 2017 / 4:20 am

    Interesting, my mom is still young and healthy enough to take care of her self, so I have no experienced this as of yet. Thank for the information!

  9. Dorothy
    February 6, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Fortunately, our family has not dealt with that yet. But we do have aging parents so we will come to that challenge in the future.

  10. Chanelle
    February 5, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    I don’t know anyone that’s involved in a nursing center, but it makes me happy to know that there are people out there that care for others especially the elderly. I’m very close with my mother in law, but I know for sure my husband and I will be the ones taking care of her if that time ever comes. That’s what children are for!

  11. February 5, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    My Nana Jo is 95 and lives in a retirement home. She seems to really enjoy it. My mom will be moving into the same retirement home in about 20 years or so and most likely, I will too when the time comes.

  12. Rose Mont
    February 5, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    I used to work in a nursing home as a nursing assistant for several years. I loves that job. You got to know the family of your patient and together it was a better work environment.

  13. Michaele
    February 5, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    My family has never used that because we don’t do this in the Czech Republic

  14. Nikki L
    February 5, 2017 / 11:20 am

    I haven’t needed to use them personally but it’s so important that it’s the right one and the care is the best in a case where one is needed! Nikki

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