Respite care is simply the service that is provided to allow the primary caregivers a break from their routine of assisting the elderly. This service helps the primary care givers take the time that they need to maintain a balance between their own lives and providing care.
Respite Care Benefits
Care giving can be a stressful task; therefore, one needs time to unwind and relax for a while to fight off challenges like depression and burnout. Respite care, in this respect comes as a great way to give the care giver time for him/her self. Here are some of the benefits of respite care:
» Relaxation and Renewal
Being too involved with care giving can sometimes turn depressive. Therefore, respite care helps a person in relaxing and renewing his or her energies.
Everyone needs some time off from work so that he or she may rejuvenate and relax.
Respite care helps in alleviating the mood swings and allowing a person to take a stroll through the mall, visit a park or museum or do anything that calms the nerves.
Even non-living objects like machines need some time off to work properly. Machines cannot run empty; they need the required fuel to keep them going. Similarly, care givers too need some time off to re-energize themselves. Re-energizing brings back the vigor and vitality to carry out the care giving tasks effectively.
Respite care helps the care givers in the sense that they get their required space to relax and rejuvenate. Getting away from the task of care giving for some time can relax a person.
It gives a sense of purpose and the person is able to help the needy in a better way and with a much better sense of commitment.
While taking care of others is the sole purpose of care givers, even they need relaxation and pleasure for some hours. The care recipients might not be in a situation to enjoy or have pleasure in any sense, but the care givers definitely need some time for relaxing. Respite care in this sense provides them the required relief and pleasure.
Constant task of care giving can take away the real identity of a person. The care giver may start thinking of being just a care giver and nothing else, a thought that can have negative repercussions later on. Respite care, in this sense gives a sense of identity to the care givers as they get time for themselves. They are able to understand that there is more to life than just care giving.
» Time out
Things and situations when viewed from the same perspective over a long time tend to remain the same, with no scope of improvement. However, respite care provides the benefit that a care giver after taking a short break can come back and review things. He or she may return with a better vision and make adjustments so that the overall experience for the care giver and the care recipient improves.
Social isolation is one problem that care givers often face. This is so because the continuous task of assisting and taking care of elderly seniors can alienate one from friends, colleagues and peer groups. Respite care, in this regard helps in letting the care giver engage with friends and other members of the society.
Care giving as mentioned is a noble service but it cannot be sustained indefinitely. One needs to get away from the routine to be with family and friends. Respite care providers, in this sense can be a great relief for primary care givers. Care givers can take a short break and return with more energy, vigor, vitality and commitment to provide their services.
Respite care is provided through home health care companies, community agencies and residential care facilities. Even some churches offer respite care. While many of the agencies charge a fee for their services, there may be some agencies that offer their services free of cost.
Site last updated: 17. February 2018
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