Supporting Carers to take a break
Caring for a loved one can be rewarding, but exhausting. As the holidays approach, some planned respite can give you that much-needed time to tackle your long to-do list – whilst knowing your loved one is in capable hands.
As a carer to a family member or friend, you give the priceless gift of your time, love and energy to help them thrive.
But caring often leaves people with little time for their other essential tasks and life events. In fact, you may find it often feels impossible to get through some long-overdue life admin and restore some balance to life.
In the lead up to the busy holiday period, you may feel you’re juggling even more than usual – with weekly jobs like grocery shopping, as well special events such as a child’s school play or important catch-ups with other family members you haven’t seen for a long time. There is a solution – KinCare offers flexible respite care in your loved one’s home, so that you can achieve your other important life commitments.
Signs you need a break
When you became a carer, you likely already had countless other responsibilities; things like work, study, parenting, and other family commitments.
Caring for someone who is sick or vulnerable can bring to the mix grief, poor physical and emotional health, isolation and financial strain.
Signs these challenges may be pushing you to breaking point can include loneliness, losing interest in your normal activities and feeling sad, irritable and hopeless. You may experience changes in your weight and appetite, poor sleep and constant illness. These are classic carer burnout symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored.
When it’s hard to ask for help
A common barrier to seeking support is that even when you are overwhelmed and exhausted, you can feel very anxious about leaving your loved one in someone else’s care. It’s normal to feel that no one can care for your loved one as well as you do.
In addition, you may not know about the flexible respite services on offer, or how to arrange a break. Perhaps you don’t feel like you have time to use respite care or believe it won’t make a difference to your wellbeing.
It can be detrimental to wait until you reach rock bottom to reach out for help, as it can take a long time to recover from serious burnout. Remember, caring is a very demanding job. Like any worker, you need to put time aside for all the other things in your life.
In fact, taking a break for activities like coffee with a friend or exercise can also bring great benefits not just to you, but also to your loved one that you care for.
How respite works
Respite care is when you get some much-needed time to balance your life and caring roles, which can sometimes come into conflict.
Whether you are unwell, have errands to run, work to do, face an emergency, or badly need a holiday, respite care can give you the time and space you need.
What makes in-home respite care so different to nursing home respite is that while you are getting your break, your loved one gets to remain in the comfort of their own home. It can be such a relief to know they can keep to their normal routine.
The KinCare approach
If you need some support to free up some time in your day for other life commitments during the holiday season, don’t hesitate to talk to KinCare about our flexible respite services. We are here to help care for your loved one in their home, so that you can use that time to make the most of the time you take away from caring.
The beauty of the KinCare approach is that our respite services are very flexible – they can be booked at short notice or as a regular weekly appointment so that you can run your errands. You can arrange flexible respite with us for a special event or even overnight.
Getting to know your routines is so important to us. Fully trained KinCare team members will be matched to your loved one’s needs and personality.
Services can be booked seven days a week for two hours or more – and for up to 24 hours at a time.
It doesn’t have to end with respite, we have a myriad of services that you can access for yourself and your loved one during the week. If you need some support with a few hours of domestic assistance or personal care to assist with getting your loved one ready for their day, we can tailor a solution to meet both your needs with ongoing support from our team.
Funding your respite
If you care for someone over the age of 65 years, you may be able to access respite support subsidised through a Home Care Package or the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
The subsidy does not always fund the full cost of the service, so each person may pay a small contribution. Your KinCare Customer Care Manager will discuss the cost at your initial consultation, before services start. Special consideration is available to people enduring financial difficulty.
We are here to help
If you feel overwhelmed, call us today to find out more about respite from one of our friendly team members or send us a message online.
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