Are you a family carer and need a break for a few days, or a holiday? It is widely recognised that everybody needs some time away from their caring duties, so that they can recharge their batteries. Whether the cared-for person has dementia, Parkinson’s, MS or has had a stroke, having a live-in carer means that he or she can stay at home. Live-in respite care minimises disruption and keeps your loved one in familiar surroundings, with a familiar circle of friends and neighbours, with the freedom to follow his or her usual daily routine.
For over 25 years, Christies Care carers have been providing live-in respite care. We train all of our carers very well. So they know how to help with personal care, how to assist someone to move safely, and so on. The carers are also there to be a housekeeper and companion, and assist with other tasks, such as administering medication.
To make the process easier, a carer can come a couple of days before you have your holiday, so that she can learn exactly how you like things done, further reducing disruption.
What does it cost?
Depending on your wants, needs and management model the total cost is usually between £900 and £1,300 a week.
Depending on where you live in the country, there may be financial support for respite care, or sometimes GPs can prescribe respite, to avoid a family carer becoming ill. The Carer’s Trust (was Crossroads Care and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers) has local information:www.carers.org.uk
Respite Care: Anthony’s Story
We were contacted by a lady, Patricia, whose husband Anthony (a retired naval officer), had had a stroke the year before.
She was caring for him, and had helped him a long way along the road to recovery, but was exhausted. She needed a break and wanted to go and stay with her daughter for a fortnight. Anthony did not want to go into a residential home while she was away.
Anthony was nervous about being cared for by someone who wasn’t his wife. Patricia was nervous about leaving her husband in someone else’s care.
As well as this, she was scared that he might refuse to have someone else look after him at the last minute and she’d have to cancel her much-needed break.
The booking co-ordinator from Christies Care identified a carer who had previously been in the navy, so had an obvious link with the client. The carer arrived the day before Patricia was due to leave, so that she could get to know and be liked by both of them.
Patricia left, had a great holiday, came back refreshed and Anthony had got on well with his carer. In fact, they’ve booked their next respite break when this carer is next available in 6 month’s time.