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Making the Most of Respite Care

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For those caring for a spouse, family member or loved one, respite care can provide a lifeline in times of stress and a welcome break from your day-to-day care routine. Whether it’s to allow you to run errands, visit family or friends or simply to enjoy some time to yourself, a respite carer can take over responsibilities of care-giving for however long is necessary.

But making that decision is often very difficult, and introducing a respite carer to your established routine can be disruptive. How, then, do you make the most of respite care, and how do you manage the transition from the care you provide to that given by a healthcare professional? This is a particular concern for those caring for people affected by dementia, when an unfamiliar face is often upsetting or confusing. So let’s look at some of the ways you can make respite care work for you and your family.

Trust and Communication are Essential

Handing over some of your care responsibilities to a third party can be a little daunting, especially if you’ve been your loved one’s primary carer for a long time, but it’s essential that you trust the respite carer from the word go. They’re professionals, and will happily tailor the care they provide to suit your needs and the needs of the person being cared for.

Think of them as your “partners in care”. You both want what’s best for the person being cared for, and the only way this can be achieved is if both you and the care professional communicate with one another. Tell the carer everything they need to know before they begin – no detail, however trivial it may seem, is too small. Be clear and open with them at all times, about the care recipient’s likes, and dislikes and any specific requirements they may have.

Think Ahead

When coming up to a period of respite care, do your best to reassure the care recipient, particularly if they’re affected by learning difficulties or dementia. Prepare them for the respite carer, making sure they’re aware of what is going to happen, and that they have nothing to worry about. Even if you’re feeling anxious about spending time away from them, remind them that the short break is a positive thing for you.

Begin With Shorter Breaks

It may be a good idea to start off with shorter periods of respite care, to allow both you and the care recipient to adjust to this change in your routine. Over time, increase the duration of each break. You may want to begin by being around for the first few sessions, to help make the transition a little easier for everyone involved.

Enjoy Your Time

Whatever you do while your loved one is with a respite carer, use that time to relax and enjoy yourself. This is your chance to recharge your batteries, so make the most of it!

For more information about our respite care services, please contact us using our online form.

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Hospitals have made important changes to improve dementia care says the National Audit of Dementia.

ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY LOGOThe National Audit of Dementia, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) today (Thursday 13 July 2017) found hospitals have made important changes to improve dementia care, but staff say more support is needed.

Hospitals in England and Wales have made many positive changes aimed at making hospitals more “dementia-friendly”, the audit shows. Overall nearly 70% of carers rated care as excellent or very good, and 75% said that the person with dementia was definitely treated with respect by staff.

Many more hospitals are providing dementia awareness training to all groups of staff, and 96% have a training framework for dementia care, up from 23% in the first round of audit in 2011. Nearly all hospitals (94%), have created dementia “champions” to lead change and support staff, following former recommendations. Staff however said they could not always access specialist support, especially out of hours.

To read more visit the Alzheimer’s Society website

Everycare Romford – COMING SOON!

Home care services Everycare UKWe are delighted to announce that Everycare is to open a new branch in Romford servicing Havering Council and the surrounding areas.

The branch will be open towards the end of the summer and is about to make some key appointments so that it can provide a full range of home care services to people across the area.

If you would like information on Everycare Romford especially if you would like to work for a company with an exceptional record of care, then please do contact us today.