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Care Respite – Different Respite Care Initiatives

When you are taking care of someone, your health is under stress and tremendous pressure which means that you need to take care of your own health and wellbeing as well. Definitely taking care of loved ones is essential but it can be absorbing and eventually detrimental to your own wellbeing. Care Respite is important because it provides both the carer and the person being cared a much needed break. Care Respite is required to relieve the stress and hence the duration can be for a few hours, some days or few weeks.
There are myriad different care respite initiatives:

  •  Residential Care Respite: One person can use up to nine weeks of respite during a financial year. This form of care respite is when an older person moves into an aged care home for few days or weeks.
  •  Day Care Respite: This type of care respite is usually provided at day care centres, community centres and local health centres.
  •  Short Term Care Respite: In order to provide best care, the carer needs to have few hours of rest for himself. This short term respite can be utilized for myriad purposes like shopping, weekly meeting or simple outing with friends. This can be provided at a therapy centre or in your own home where someone familiar can fill in for the absence of the carer.
  •  Care Respite Centres: These centres provide information and support for carers and provide much required break from caring.

Carers often find it difficult to take a break, but when they actually go for care respite, they can see the difference the break can bring to their lives and relationships. Even a short break allows the carer to return to their task feeling refreshed. Care Respite is used as a transition or switch in between home, hospital and aged care homes.