A word about Respite Care , and providing care in Winchester
Just few years ago, the general belief about caring for people was that it is a job only if you’re caring for strangers. Thankfully, this misconception is slowly being pushed out, as more and more studies show that there’s no difference in pressure on the carer depending on their relation to the person they look after.
Taking care of people, especially elderly, is a long-term, hard, responsible, and oftentimes stressful job. Its’ natural consequence is exhaustion, irritation, and a lot of other negative signs we affiliate with chronic stress. Even when we’re taking care of our beloved family members, and that absolutely doesn’t mean we don’t love them, or that we’re ungrateful! It’s just simple reaction of the body to extended period of exertion, and there’s nothing to feel guilty about that. However, it might cause unwanted consequences, both to carer – who will be more susceptible to all effects of chronic stress, like insomnia – as well as the cared one, because in time, as the carer slowly runs out of steam, the quality of care they can provide also lower.
It’s usually the final red flag, a message from the body, the unspoken ‘you need a break’.
And that’s where respite care comes in..
What is respite care?
It’s one of the home care services, whose aim is to temporarily ease the carer’s burden, to let them rest from the duty, take care of other matters they were postponing for the sake of caring for their beloved older family member, or to just simply let them change gears and „recharge batteries”, so to say.
It is a solution for you, if you feel like letting somebody else take care of your family member constantly would be abandoning them, and don’t even want to consider the nursery home, but simply just need a break, however short. The respite care is one of the most flexible home care services, too. You can choose the length of your break, from as short as few hours for the visit to, for example Winchester’s Hat Fair to see a performance you were really looking forward to, to few days for the family vacation you were putting off for the sake of your mom or dad who would have to stay behind.
Why would I want respite care?
For both completely selfish and completely selfless reasons.
You see, the respite care takes nothing out of comfort of the senior you take care of. Providers like Neva Care, that offer respite care services Winchester, send in a trained, empathetic specialists that will be able to take care of them in the short period of time while you are away. That means, your charge is completely safe and taken care of in their home, even though you aren’t near them at their beck and call, making it possible for you to live a life not restrained by the worry about their whereabouts, or the medicine you need to help them take in the very precise intervals. It gives you time to visit your friend, spend time with the rest of the family, who knows, maybe even visit a museum or a historical city in the region? Cities like Winchester for example have a variety of cultural sites you can visit, even with just few hours to spare.
Second, it means you take a break. It had been proven all across the history of physical employment, that shortening the work time and implementing breaks’ system actually improves the quality of work actually completed. Since we’ve already stated at the start of this post that caring for people, even your family member, is a hard work, why shouldn’t you implement the system that improves not only your well-being, but also your ability to care about your beloved family? Reducing your stress levels, taking a break from daily routine, taking care of your own needs, all of those in longer term will help not only you, but also the senior you’re taking care of, without abandoning or hurting feelings of anybody.
In short, if you’re wondering if the type of home care in Winchester known as respite care is for you, and you’re looking after a senior alone, I would say the answer is ‘by all means, for your and their sake’.