Receiving some respite from the regular workload when you are a full time carer is a welcome relief for many.
There are several ways to get respite care. It can be done informally with friends or family, or through formal respite services. It’s a matter of finding the program or situation that suits you, your family and the person you care for.
“It’s really important for full time carers to be able to take a break so that they can continue on in the role in the right frame of mind,” said Deb Troy from Albury’s Kensey Care services.
“It can be physically and emotionally tiring so it’s helpful if you can take a regular break from your caring role to look after your own needs as well. This can happen through respite care.”
She said National Carers Week was a good time to start exploring respite care if it was something that was required.
“To be able to share the load of the demands for caring with people that understand the stressors involved with caring for a loved one is even better.”
Kensey Care have recently established themselves in Albury and say nothing is too much to ask of the carers when it comes to looking after someone in your family.
“For many full time and unpaid carers it’s very difficult for them to take some time out, even if it’s just for a day to do some shopping, go to the movies or catch up with friends,” said Deb.
“Weekends or time away can be even more difficult.
“Our service can help with one hour to 24 hours a day and we can help in someone’s own home or in the community.”
Costs for respite care can vary depending on your circumstances and the type of help you need and Kensey Care can assist with accessing funding sources they may be eligible for.
“You may be worried about leaving the person you care for while you take a break but respite care can be helpful for them as well.
“It gives the person requiring care the opportunity to meet and talk to other people and can sometimes provide them with new experiences. They can also become more used to being cared for by other people,” said Deb.
Kensey Care have qualified personal care attendants with skills to cater for a range of needs.
“Bathing, toileting and grooming assistance along with feeding and medication reminders can all be taken care of as well as assisting with preparing meals, paying bills or doing laundry.”