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Arranging Respite Care for Elderly Parents

Arranging Respite Care for Elderly Parents

By Katie | 19th March 2021

Arranging Respite Care for Elderly Parents

With people in the UK living longer and healthier lives than ever before, many people find themselves caring for their elderly parents. This can be a truly rewarding experience, allowing you to spend precious time with your loved ones as they get older. However, being a carer is also very demanding. It requires lots of energy and can lead to exhaustion if you aren’t able to take proper breaks. For many, respite care at home is the ideal solution. Today’s article will be a guide to arranging respite care for elderly parents.

What is Respite Care?

Essentially, respite care is when a professional carer steps in to provide care on a temporary basis while the usual carer takes a break. This might be because the usual carer is ill or incapacitated, or perhaps because they are taking a holiday. Respite care ensures that the person receiving care is looked after at all times.

We are here to provide respite care as and when you need us. Whether or not you currently use our live-in care or domiciliary care services, we can arrange temporary respite care for your elderly parents in their own home. This could be on a live-in basis, where a professional carer comes to stay and provides full-time care. Alternatively, a respite carer can make frequent care visits to ensure that your parent’s needs are met. This is also known as temporary domiciliary care.

Without arranging respite care at home, your parent(s) may need to go and stay in a care home until you return. This can cause distress and disruption to routine, not to mention considerable expense. For most people, homecare is by far the preferred option.

How to Arrange Respite Care for Elderly Parents

If you need to arrange respite care at home for your elderly parent(s), the first step is to book a free Needs Assessment. This allows us to work with you and identify the best care plan for your loved ones. We’ll ask you some simple questions about their care needs, which will help us create a bespoke care plan to meet everyone’s requirements.

Sometimes, you may need to book respite care at short notice – to deal with a family emergency, for example. This is no problem at all – just call our friendly team on 0800 008 7000 and we’ll do our best to provide a solution as quickly as possible.

What Can Respite Carers Do?

When you arrange respite care through Abing Homecare, we’ll be able to match your elderly parent(s) with a professional carer who can meet their needs. Respite carers can provide support in any of the following areas:

– Food preparation and mealtimes

– Washing and dressing

– Household tasks e.g. washing dishes, laundry

– Medical care e.g. administering medication, changing dressings

– Continence care

– Arranging outings e.g. going to the supermarket

– And much more

Got a Question?

To find out more about arranging respite care, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 0800 008 7000 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, fill in our online contact form at any time and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Read more: What is Respite Care? Everything You Need to Know