A Guide to the Benefits of Short-Term Care
Being a caregiver for someone can be physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. If you are a caregiver for someone that you know, sometimes you might want to consider employing short-term care for the person. Below we’ll look at the benefits of short-term care and why it might be used.
Benefits Caregivers Get from Short-Term Care
Along with reducing how much stress a caregiver feels, there are other benefits for short-term care including:
- Restoring patience and energy for the role of caregiver
- Providing opportunities for outings and holidays
- Improving the ability of the caregiver to cope with caregiving’s daily responsibilities
- Allowing a caregiver to get back in touch with their personal passions, pursue opportunities for personal development and maintain friendships.
- Giving the caregiver balance within their life to see to their other responsibilities besides their caregiver role.
Benefits of Short-Term Care to the Patient
There are benefits of short-term care for those who are patients. These are benefits like:
- A variety of social opportunities and relationships
- Opportunity for development and growth
- Quality care which is suited to them while their usual caregiver is not available
- If they are recovering at home, the opportunity to stay in an environment that is comfortable and have care come to the patient.
- If their respite’s outside their home, they have different scenery as well as company that’s often enjoyable that opens new opportunities and options.
How do caregivers take a break?
Short-term or respite care is available to give a caregiver a break anytime they need to take a short break, if it’s hours or days or even weeks. There is nothing wrong with a caregiver taking a short break. This will give them the opportunity to take a break, go shopping, relax or spend some time with your friends and family.
Kinds of Care
- Friends or family who are caring for someone when you can’t can off the respite care.
- If you prefer, respite care is able to be offered in a more formal setting like a care home.
- Respite care can be done in the home
When short-term care may be considered
- If you’ll need to take time for dealing with medical or personal issues for yourself.
- You require additional help when a loved one comes home from the hospital.
- If there is a family/personal issue/emergency that needs managing which doesn’t include someone you’re caring for.
- When you’re going to need a mental and physical break, whether you need a holiday, some time with your friends, or just want to get a coffee.
As you can see, there are benefits for both the patient and the caregiver when it comes to short-term care. The patient gets the care that they need and the caregiver gets the break that they need.