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Taking a break with our respite care

by KinCare — 5 January 2022

When you care for someone close to you, it can be hard to take a break and trust somebody else to be there for your loved one. But looking after yourself by taking a break, or having a few hours each week to tackle your own to-do list, can make you a better carer. The upcoming summer holidays are a good time to plan some respite, so you can get organised for the year ahead.

KinCare’s in-home Flexible Respite services are designed to allow you to have some time off, while also giving you peace of mind that your loved one is being cared for in their own home, with the same love and support of a family member.

What is respite care?

Respite care is when somebody else takes over the caring role for a short time to give you some much-needed time to balance your life and caring duties. You might be unwell, have errands to run, or work responsibilities. Respite care can give you time to get on top of things, whether that’s your health or other commitments.

With KinCare, our in-home Respite services mean that your loved one can remain in the comfort of their own home, with their normal routines, while you take a break. Whether it’s to cover a week’s holiday or just a few hours each week, our highly experienced Home Care Workers or Nurses will look after your loved one so you can relax and recharge.

Signs you need a re-boot

Caring for somebody you love is rewarding, but a role that can impact your physical and emotional health. Recognising that you may need time away from your caring role can be difficult to accept. Here are some tell-tale signs that you need a break:

  • You’re experiencing loneliness
  • You’re losing interest in your normal activities
  • You feel sad, irritable and hopeless
  • You may notice changes in your weight and appetite
  • You’re experiencing poor sleep and constant illness.

All these are symptoms of ‘carer burnout’ and shouldn’t be ignored.

Consider accessing Respite Care so you can recharge and prioritise your health and well being as well as your loved ones.

Book some help

Getting Respite Care service can provide flexible support and help around the home ranging from a one-off visit so you can go out for a coffee or dinner with friends to regular visits lasting a few hours supporting you with a regular routine. We also offer live in or overnight care if you need a break.

Asking for help

Taking that first step and asking for help is one of the hardest parts of being a carer. It’s understandable to feel anxious about leaving your loved one in someone else’s care. At KinCare, we understand how you may be feeling and will listen to your concerns. We’ll also get to know you and your loved one so we can deliver whatever care and support is needed while you take a well-earned break.

Benefits of accessing respite care

Waiting too long to take a break can do more harm than good to yourself and your loved one. Caring is a very demanding job, so it’s important to put time aside for other things in your life.

Time away from your loved one to focus on other commitments, do something fun or simply relax will recharge your batteries and have you feeling fresh and revitalised. Your mental health will improve and ultimately, you’ll be a better carer for your loved one.

If you need some support or time away from a caring role, talk to KinCare about our Flexible Respite services. We’ll care for your loved one in their home, so you can take time out and restore balance to your life – with peace of mind.