Caring for a loved one at home can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be physically and mentally challenging – particularly when trying to balance caring for a relative alongside managing the demands of your own life.  This is where respite care can really help; it offers many benefits – to both the carer and the person requiring care – regardless of whether it’s a short stay or something longer term. The benefits of respite care include:

  1. Flexibility

Whether it’s short-term care, regular stays or a longer period of support that’s required, respite care offers great flexibility and can cater for a whole spectrum of care requirements.  The dedicated team that manages the Respite Suite at Monson Care Home will discuss each individual’s needs with you and your family to ensure that they get the bespoke care they need throughout their stay.

  1. Reassurance

Although short term respite care is often what is needed, sometimes it’s clear that more permanent care may be needed.  Moving into a care home can be a big step, so respite care can provide a stepping stone, and an opportunity for potential residents to see whether they would be happy staying in a care home on a longer-term basis. This can be very reassuring for future residents and their families.

  1. A change of scene

The old English proverb says: “a change is as good as a rest” – and following a year where we’ve all had to stay inside much more than we’d have liked to, respite care in homes such as Monson Care Home can provide a much-needed change of scenery for its residents within a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment.  There are lots of different people to talk to, as well as plenty of activities on offer.

  1. Peace of mind

Everyone needs a break every now and then, so a huge benefit of respite care is that it offers carers much-needed time off, whilst giving them peace of mind that their loved one is receiving the care they need.  The newly renovated Respite Suite at Monson Care Home caters for all care needs – from semi-independent living, all the way through to 24/7 care, so families can relax knowing that their loved one is being well looked after.

  1. Companionship

Respite care environments offer as much or as little social interaction as desired.  As part of a wider care home, the Respite Suite at Monson Care Home offers temporary residents full access to the home’s communal areas and activities (subject to Government guidance), so there’s always someone to have a chat with over a cuppa – whether that’s other residents or the friendly care home staff.

  1. High-quality post-operative care

Sometimes loved ones need a bit of extra TLC following a spell in hospital, which is where respite care can benefit hugely.  Post-operative care can be quite intensive to manage at home, whereas the staff working in respite care are highly trained and possess all the skills required to provide top-quality care to those recuperating.

  1. Strengthen your relationship

Having a relative in respite care enables family carers to visit and spend time with their loved ones, whilst having the reassurance that their relative’s care needs are fully taken care of.  Opportunities like this can help strengthen relationships between family members as it allows them to reconnect and just enjoy each other’s company.

  1. Access to professional care

It can sometimes be difficult for those caring for a loved one to tell when that person’s care needs have progressed beyond what can be managed at home.  A stay in a respite suite provides high-quality care from professionals who are able to evaluate a person’s care needs as well as being able to spot subtle changes in behaviour, which could be signs of something like dementia.

  1. Keeping active

Staying active and keeping busy is a benefit of respite care for both a person’s physical and mental health, as well as being a great way to connect with others, but this isn’t always practical when someone is being cared for at home.  When staying in the Respite Suite at Monson Care Home, residents have full access to the range of activities on offer, as well as being free to enjoy the lounge, library, cinema and bistro.

  1. Improved overall wellbeing

As well as offering various activities and interaction with others, most care homes also present access to outside space – whether that’s via tranquil gardens and/or being within easy reach of open spaces or a town.  Research has shown that access to the outdoors increases a person’s connection to nature and the wider community, which ultimately improves their physical and mental wellbeing.  The Respite Suite at Monson Care Home is in a prime location if residents wish to pop into town, as well as great links to public transport to enable easy visitation.

As we’ve seen, there are many benefits that respite care can offer to both carers and their relatives.  Respite care is hugely flexible so the duration of a person’s stay and the level of care is tailored to each individual’s needs via close communication with carers and family members.

Sources:

Campaign to End Loneliness: https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org