3 reasons to consider respite care this Christmas

3 reasons to consider respite care this Christmas

Respite care can be a nice way to help ensure everyone in your family is able to relax and enjoy the festive season. After all, we know that while caring for loved ones is very rewarding, it can also be challenging at times and incredibly demanding. Sometimes it can even create stress for the person you are caring for. It’s important that during the Christmas period you make sure you have time to look after your own health and wellbeing. This is the best way to ensure the health and safety of everyone in your family, including those you care for. A respite break can help you with this.  

If you’d like to know a bit more about what respite care is and how it can benefit both you as a carer and the loved ones that you care for, you can read our blog all about respite care. In summary, respite care is a short-term stay in a care home, such as Birchwood House. Here are three reasons that respite care could be worth your consideration this Christmas period specifically:  

It’s important not to break your loved one’s routine, and this can be hard at Christmas 

It can be difficult to keep on track with specific care routines during Christmas as there are so many demands on your time, energy and focus. Particularly if your loved one has dementia, it’s so important not to interrupt their care routine. Respite care can ensure that your loved one’s regular routine is maintained, and their needs are always met.  

Your stress can be distressing to those who need your care 

Not only is your mental health and wellbeing important to take care of for yourself, but you may not realise how much your own stress impacts those around you. The person you are caring for will very likely notice if you are feeling particularly stressed, tired or rundown. Your upset can be distressing for your loved ones. They’ll likely be much happier to see you well and can enjoy the festive season with you, knowing that they’re still being taken care of. This means the person you care for may also be able to enjoy a different kind of relationship and atmosphere with you as a loved one.  

Respite care can help create a calm environment for your loved ones 

Similarly, respite care can help to create a much more serene environment for your loved ones this Christmas. The festive season can be a bit hectic at times and the person you are caring for could benefit from some time in a new, calm and relaxing environment such as a care home like Birchwood House. Festive celebrations can absolutely still be had, and we always plan fun events at Birchwood house, but some time away from the stresses of Christmas organisation and tension could be just what your loved one needs.  

Birchwood house is designed to be a home-away-from-home and so you can be assured your loved ones will be comfortable and content here with us should you be looking for some respite care. You can find out more about respite care options at Birchwood house, including respite care experiences, on our respite care information page.  

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