Stress is one of those things that tends to creep up on you. If you’re caring for a loved one, be it your Mum, Dad, spouse or other family member, you’re having to juggle a lot of commitments, and with that comes stress.

You may not realise it at first, particularly if you’ve taken on the caring role as a natural response to wanting to help and support someone you love. But if you’re also working, caring for a family of your own, or have other commitments and responsibilities, stress can begin to creep in as you struggle to fit in everything you need to do each day.

Sadly, the more of your time that you spend devoting to someone else, the less time you have for yourself.

As the number of hours you put in to caring increases, the more of a toll it takes on you both physically and emotionally. It’s all too easy for you to neglect your own health and relationships, and if you burnout, your ability to provide  support for your loved one also suffers. Having a break from that caring role isn’t a luxury, but rather an essential part of providing effective care.

Respite care is a necessity.

With a little research it is possible to arrange excellent quality care for your loved one, while also looking after yourself as a carer. Crucially, respite takes many forms and can be tailored to meet your individual circumstances.

Respite care can be provided within your own home, or at a different location. It could be for any length of time, from a regular arrangement for just a couple of hours a week, to on a one-off basis for a week or two to allow you a much needed holiday.

Respite care takes many different forms.

Some ideas to explore could include:

  • A volunteer or paid companion to visit your home and provide you with a short break
  • Support groups, such as Memory Cafes organised by charities such as Alzheimer’s Society or Age UK
  • Specialist day care centres which may provide transport, meals and social activities
  • A short-term live-in carer
  • A short term residential stay at a care home

Rathside Care Home is a modern specialist dementia care facility in Scawby near  Scunthorpe that provides a comfortable “home from home” atmosphere for those who are living with dementia. They provide day care on a one off or regular basis and short term stays from 24 hours through to several weeks. If you’d like to arrange a free taster day or find out more about their specialist dementia provision, contact Rathside on 01652 462030 or visit their website

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