Labour of love: Carer's given a break with respite services
CARING is often a labour of love and many carers don't see themselves as such. But no matter what title you give yourself, finding the time to just manage your household can seem far-fetched, let alone taking a break.
That's where respite services can be a life-saver. Respite care comes in a variety of forms but they all work towards the same aim of making sure you can be away from your duties safe in the knowledge the person you care for is well looked after.
Today we look at five respite services, delivered by Ozcare, that are available to Queensland carers.
Short term respite care
Typically used when you need to be away from home for a short time, such as an appointment, Ozcare's carers come to your home and look after the person you care for. They can play games, do craft or take the person you care for on an outing, or help with meal preparation, cleaning or other personal care services while you're away.
Ongoing respite care
Do you work part-time? Organising respite care gives you the security of knowing the person you care for will always be looked after while you're at paid work. Regular respite care can be organised for day or evening, and is completely flexible to fit around your schedule.
Emergency respite care
When you need care immediately, Ozcare's carers can be organised at short notice and can come to your home or another place in the community - whatever is needed.
Day respite centres
Ozcare's day respite centres are fun, social places for people with a disability, people living with dementia, or those needing aged care. Participants meet new people, take part in activities, and have their meals and care needs looked after. Extended hours are available to carers of people living with dementia who want to do paid work or study.
Residential respite at an aged care facility
Temporarily moving into an aged care facility is often a great idea for people who have carers who need to travel interstate or overseas, or for carers or families who need a break, or are unwell themselves and need some help while they recover. All of Ozcare's aged care facilities offer residential respite care and cater for people living with dementia.
No matter what your needs, or whether you consider yourself a 'carer', it's important to know that there are services out there to give carers a break.
Find out your options, phone 1800Ozcare (1800692273) and discuss what services are available to you.