What is Respite Care for Older Adults?

If you receive care, or you’re the primary carer for an older friend or family member, you’ve probably heard the term ‘respite care’. But what exactly is respite care? And how could it benefit you or the person you care for?

What is Respite Care?

Primary carers do a wonderful job supporting their older loved ones, but you can’t pour from an empty cup. Everyone could use a break every now and then… and this is exactly what respite care affords. Put simply, respite care is a temporary form of care delivered to those who need support, so their regular carer can take a well-deserved break. Respite care will look different to every individual and could include several services—personal care, domestic care, and transport, to name a few.

Types of Respite Care

Residential Respite

Residential respite takes place in an aged care home, and is best suited to those who need a higher level of support. It may be utilised for a few days, or even a few weeks if a primary carer will be absent for a long period of time. As residential respite requires a temporary change of lifestyle and environment, it is often considered a less desirable option, or an option best reserved for emergencies.

In Home Respite

Home respite is delivered in the comfort of an older adult’s home. A professional carer will visit at a time that suits both the primary carer, and the person in need of care, and will provide any necessary services, day or night. Home respite is a popular option with older Australians, as it can be delivered without altering any daily routines, hobbies, or preferences, yet still affords the primary carer a well-needed break.

How Do I Organise Respite Care?

If the person you care for is over the age of 65, they may be eligible for government-subsidised respite care. If you’d like to explore this option, the first step is to contact My Aged Care for an assessment. If you are approved, you can then choose a quality care provider and begin receiving your respite care services. Otherwise, if you’re happy to receive respite care services privately, choose a provider (like Simply Helping), and contact them directly to begin the process.

Could you use a well-deserved break from your role as a primary carer? Here at Simply Helping, we offer flexible respite care as part of our in home care services. Click here to learn more and contact us today!

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