Looking after your loved one on a daily basis can be very exhausting sometimes. It is physically draining and emotionally draining, and at times, the carer may need a break from time to time to recharge their batteries or due to a breakdown in their own health. They may even need time to engage in other family commitments.
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WHY IS RESPITE CARE
Respite care allows the carer to take the break that they need, safe in the knowledge that their relative will be cared for by someone who has the experience to cater for their needs. Being a carer can be very demanding, taking up a lot of emotional and physical energy. Carers often feel worried or guilty about taking time off. However, taking breaks from caring is very important, for both the carer and the person being cared for.
It is important to find the balance between caring and looking after yourself particularly if you have other commitments, such as your own home, family or a job. It is important to look after your own health too. You will be able to provide better care if you are not exhausted or burnt out with exhaustion.