We all need a break sometimes. This could be to complete neglected errands or to recharge with a much-deserved holiday. The same can be said for carers, whether as a professional occupation or family members who find themselves looking after loved ones.
However, when it comes to taking this break, carers in either capacity might feel anxious about entrusting this level of assistance to a stranger. With proper research and a reputable respite aged care home, this doesn’t have to be a problem.
What is the meaning of respite?
This can be defined as taking a short break, which leads us to the next question – what is a respite centre? Essentially, it is a facility, like Christadelphian Aged Care, that offers to look after older people temporarily for a specified amount of time.
Respite care is also available to seniors who are recovering from an illness or surgery who are at other times wholly self-sufficient and independent.
Carers can rest assured in the knowledge that seniors will be well looked after by professional nurses and staff while having all of their needs met.
There are different types of respite care available:
Emergency Respite Care
We can never predict what curveballs life will throw at us. Carers might find themselves in a position where they cannot provide their services due to illness, incapacity or even the death of a loved one.
Because these situations can happen suddenly, alternative care needs to be arranged quickly and with minimal disruption. We offer emergency respite care at all of our Homes, subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.
Residential Respite Care
This is temporary care offered at an aged care facility like ours. Visitors will be able to enjoy the features of the centre which could even help them determine if they would like to make it their permanent home.
While it may seem that respite care is for the benefit of the carer, it is advantageous for your elderly loved one as well. This is because they will be exposed to new people and experiences while also gaining a bit more independence.
It is important to note that some types of respite care require assessments and approvals from specific organisations.
At Christadelphian Aged Care, we provide exceptional respite care services for up to 63 days in a financial year. Please give us a call for more information.