October 11 to 17 2020 is the National Carers Week in Australia, an initiative set to recognise the 2.65 million Australians who provide care and support to a family member or friend who are aged or with disability, mental health condition, chronic condition and terminal illness, etc.
Many people don’t see themselves as primary carers but simply as children, parents, partners or friends who care for someone close to them.
However, these 2.65 million ‘unpaid’ carers provide over 42 million hours of care every week in Australia. That’s 2.2 billion hours of unpaid care delivered by these carers to their family and friends in a year.
If you are a primary carer to a person who is on a home care package, Melbar is here to support you, the care recipient and your family.
What is In-home Respite Care?
Respite care is when someone else takes care of the person you care for, so that you can have a break.In-home respite care gives carers access to some downtime and a break from their everyday role so they can attend personal lives and look after themselves for a certain amount of time.
Moreover, with in-home respite care, carers are able to temporarily step away from their important carer responsibilities while having the peace of mind that their loved one is safe with a qualified care worker.
In-home respite care also benefits care recipients
If you are a care recipient, in-home respite care supports you and your carer by giving you both a break for a short period of time. It can help give you and your carer the time and space to do things independently.
Our care workers can also take you out for a walk or some outdoor activities when your carer’s away for a few hours.
Dementia Australia suggests that regular respite care is beneficial for the well-being of a person with dementia and their family.
Our In-home Respite Care service can be one-off or regularly scheduled. It’s also available overnight or upon your needs.
If you or your primary carers are planning to go on a holiday or simply want a break, we are here to help.
Need More Support?
Carer Gateway, an Australian Government initiative provides in-person, phone and online services and support to Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers.
Carer Gateway has many services that can help you with any daily challenges, emotional and financial stresses that you may experience in your role as a carer.