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Carers need holidays too

Every carer knows that it can be difficult to get away for a holiday if you are looking after someone with extra care needs. Whether it is an elderly relative, a spouse or a special needs child, it might not be possible for them to spend time away from home.

This does not and should not mean that you can never get any time away yourself, however. Everyone needs a holiday from time to time, and this is even more true of those who are providing care on a 24/7 basis.

This is why so many people with family members who need full time support turn to our live in carers, to give them an opportunity to get away for a week to recharge their batteries and have a well-earned rest.

Carers need some downtime

If you are looking after a loved one day in and day out, it is easy to forget that you have a life of your own. Ultimately, your loving intentions to provide the best possible care can be counter productive, leading to both you and the person you are caring for feeling that nobody else can provide adequate care.

This is no more healthy for your loved one than it is for you, potentially leading to a dependence that can become toxic, meaning you are not putting any time or attention into taking care of yourself.

In the end, this can result in health problems of your own, irritability and even feelings of resentment. Taking some downtime can be exactly what is needed, for you and for the person relying on your care.

Professional short term care

Our live in carers are all professionally trained, and will provide the personal care that your loved one needs. Most importantly, though, they will take time to get to know you and the person they will be taking care of, with a focus on ensuring continuity of the care that you usually provide.

That means taking the time and effort to following the routines to which your family member is accustomed in terms of their meals and other day to day activities.

Even more important, they will provide the companionship that is so essential to quality of life for everyone with special needs.

The best solution for everyone

Our live in carers give you the opportunity to get some time to yourself, and your family member the chance to meet someone new. They will also feel reassured that the care you lovingly provide does not prevent you from having a life of your own. A perfect outcome for everyone.