Try as you might, and as careful, loving and well-meaning as no doubt you have been, there is no substitute for professional help in a respite care scenario.
Before you take the first step, however, it makes sense to plan ahead.
Our Pure Life Homecare carers will of course set up with your involvement a comprehensive, bespoke care plan – covering all aspects of personal, health and medical care in the comfort of the home environment – which fully suits the needs of your loved one and yourself. But a bit of organising in advance is always a great idea.
Here are a few tips for you, thanks to our vast experience of delivering high quality respite care at home.
Think about the actual, timely, daily, weekly – even hourly – needs of your loved one. You know this better than anyone. Do they have set bathroom, eating, drinking and sleeping routines? Or can it all sometimes be a bit ad hoc, which sees their routines vary?
Are there particular times when the need for pain relief, for example, seems to be particularly acute? How is your loved one coping with the emotional and physical stresses and strains? Is their home laid out in a way which helps or hinders their current challenges, and what changes can be made if required?
Is your loved one always lucid, or do they have forgetful and confused moments? Are they happy or sad, angry or tearful, engaged or disengaged? What do they still enjoy doing, be it reading, chatting, listening the radio, doing a crossword, watching TV, or listening to music?
Are there any specific issues with mobility? And what about medication, if any? Do you ever manage to take your loved one out for a walk, or perhaps a trip somewhere in the car for a change of scenery?
And over the course of a day, days or a week, how many hours’ respite care do you envisage needing, off the top of your head?
With these important questions and more answered and implemented in a respite care package, Pure Life home carers can with our professional help guarantee the very best quality of life for your loved one at home.