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Caregiving can be overwhelming; that’s why we’re here to help

Looking after someone close to you with dementia can be rewarding and a wonderful thing to do for your loved one, enabling them to stay in their own home where they feel safest and most comfortable. But the demands of caregiving can be overwhelming and involve a great deal of stress, which can take its toll on your health and wellbeing. Taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity, and even just a few days' rest can be enough to recharge your energy levels and enthusiasm.

Caremark’s respite care is a much-preferred solution to temporarily placing the person you care for in a residential care home. It gives you - as the main caregiver - the chance to take time out, whether simply to have a break from care-related duties, or for something more precise like attending an appointment or having to go away unexpectedly.

Respite care can also benefit the person you’re caring for, giving them a change of routine, different stimulation, or just someone new to chat to.

We want you to enjoy a well-deserved, worry free break

Whatever the reason, we’re here to help give you as much of a break as you need, improve stress levels, restore your energy, and bring a bit of balance back to your life. Our kind and highly qualified carers can visit your loved one’s home to take over the caring you do, giving you time out whenever you need it. This can be pre-arranged, or to cover an emergency situation where someone needs care urgently. Regardless of whether it’s a one-off 30-minute visit or 24-hour temporary live-in care, we offer a variety of options.

Here we look at what Caremark’s respite care services can offer you and your family.

In this guide we’ll focus on:

Why taking a break is so important

How to get the best respite care for your needs

Help and financial support for respite care

Putting respite care in place and handing over to a new carer

How to make the most out of respite care

A member of our friendly team will be happy to give you further details about Caremark’s respite care services and how we can help you and your loved one. Please click here to find the contact details for your local office.

To read more about our respite care, visit our Respite Care section.

It’s so important to get the physical and emotional support you need

Managing the stress levels in your life is just as important as making sure your loved one takes their medication on time, enjoys a healthy meal, or attends their doctor’s appointment. Here we list a few of the reasons why:

  • Caregivers can experience emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion as well as isolation and loneliness.
  • The prolonged and overwhelming stress of caring for someone can build up and lead to problems like depression, anxiety and even burnout.
  • Caring can be physically and emotionally draining and some caregivers also deal with the demands of a career, children and their own home life.
  • Looking after someone else can be so all-consuming that it takes over your life, and might lead to you feeling that your only value is being a carer, which can drastically affect your self-esteem.
  • If you get to the point of experiencing depression, anxiety or even burnout, both you and the person you’re caring for could suffer.
  • Emotional or physical burnout can take months, or even years to recover from.
  • When you’re overwhelmed by the daily ups and downs of being a caregiver, your compassion and patience can wear thin and looking after the person you’re caring for can feel like a chore and something you resent.

Let's make it a team effort

Taking care of a loved one should be a team effort. Of course, your relative or friend deserves help but you also deserve and need to stay in good health and happiness. To continue doing the great job you’re doing you’re going to need the right support system and team members working with you.

No matter how difficult your situation seems, help and support is always available and it’s much better, of course, to ask for help sooner rather than later to avoid crisis situations developing.

This is where Caremark can help. Having the right respite care in place, so you have something to fall back on should you ever need it, is possibly one of the most important ways you - as a carer - can ensure you stay emotionally and physically strong. After a break you’ll feel reinvigorated and recharged. You might even learn a few tips for how to look after your loved one differently, making your daily experience more enjoyable and easier.

Get the best respite care for your needs

Whether it’s for a few hours a week or a short holiday, Caremark’s respite care is a temporary care arrangement. Our carers visit as scheduled over a period of time or stay in your home providing live-in care.

At-home respite care

Provided in the home where you care for your loved one, at-home respite care is flexible and tailored exactly to the needs of the person being cared for. Care can be provided daily, weekly, every fortnight, or on an ad-hoc basis.

To read more about our respite care, visit our Respite Care section.

Live-in respite care

If the person you care for usually needs 24-hour care we can step in and do the same, living in their home, perhaps while you go on holiday or visit a friend or relative. The care package is completely tailored to their needs.

For further information about live-in care please see our Live-in Care Guide here. 

Respite holidays

A respite holiday can be where you get a break from caring and your loved one is looked after at a special centre, or where you and the person you’re caring for go away together with a live-in carer accompanying you to help ease the caring responsibilities and give the main carer a break so they can enjoy their time away.

How much does respite care cost and are there ways to fund it?

It’s a good idea to talk to your local council or Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to see if you might be entitled to financial support with respite care. 

Arranging a carer's assessment

A carer’s assessment is designed to see what might help make your life easier. It’s a chance to discuss your needs with your local council so they can decide how best to support you. If they feel you need support they’ll work with you to put together a care plan, which might include using respite services. Your loved one should also have a needs assessment, which is organised through their local council, so extra support can be arranged if appropriate.

Financial assessment

If you or your loved one are found to need support, your local council will carry out a financial assessment to discover what you can afford to pay. If you are eligible for financial support to pay for respite care, your local council can arrange these services for you or you can choose to receive direct payments and arrange respite care privately.

You may qualify for funding and it's possible that you or your family member may not need to pay anything at all. Visit our Guide to Financing section for further information or get in touch with the team at your local office by filling out the form below to receive a personalised quote.

Direct payments

Caremark can accept direct payments for respite care. Please contact your local office here for further information about how this works.

Funding from other charities and funds

There are a few grants, funds and charities that may be able to help with funding to pay for respite care. Click below to view more information on:

Benevolent funds
Charities supporting carers
Elizabeth Finn Fund
Carers Trust Grant

You might also wish to read Age UK's helpful guide to paying for home care.

Putting respite care in place and handing over to a new carer

We are happy to provide emergency care at the last minute, but prefer to plan and take our time, working with you and your loved one, to devise a personal respite care plan that’s completely bespoke.

If you would like to go ahead with respite care with Caremark we will talk you through our processes, but in brief it involves the following:

  1. You fill out a form giving us a few details about the person you’re caring for, explaining how and when you currently provide care, and what kind of duties you would like us to handle for you.
  2. We arrange a meeting in the home of the person you’re caring for, so we can go over your current responsibilities and discuss how we can help you.
  3. We’ll put together a care plan for the duration of the respite care.
  4. We’ll then discuss it over the phone and revise it where necessary.
  5. If necessary, we will also speak with medical professionals to gain further understanding of the individual needs of the person you are caring for.

We aim to make this process smooth and as stress-free as possible.

How to get the most of our respite care

We’ve put together a few tips to help you get the most out of respite care:

  • Respite care is designed to take over the duties you normally do, so don’t go creating more work for yourself beforehand by cleaning or preparing for the carer’s arrival.
  • Communicate your needs in detail to ensure everything you would normally do is taken over and you don’t come back to jobs left undone.
  • Plan ahead how you are going to spend the time so you don’t waste any precious moments deciding on the actual day. Do something that is removed from your normal caring duties, so you really feel the benefit of a break.
  • Meet the care assistant ahead of the respite care to see if they are a good ‘fit’ for your relative or friend.
  • Be honest about any feedback after the service so that it can be adjusted for the next time.
  • Be open with your loved one at every step of the process so they feel included in the decision making.
  • If you’ve organised the respite care to give yourself a bit of ‘me’ time, allow yourself to enjoy it. You deserve it - you have a duty of care to yourself - and you’ll benefit from it far more than if you spend the time worrying about your loved one and feeling guilty.
  • Keep in touch with your loved one if you’re away for a few days - call or send a note to them. Do whatever might reassure or make you feel happier and more relaxed about the situation.

Would you like to take the next step and arrange respite care?

If you would like to find out more about arranging our respite care services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by filling out the form below. A member of our team from your local Caremark office will be in touch to discuss your needs and guide you through your options.

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