3 January 2018
The Benefits of Short-term Accommodation for Carers – By Interchange Australia Consultant Julie Doran
Anyone that is a carer knows it can be a highly demanding and stressful responsibility, and no one is expected to do it without some help. Just like the loved ones they care for, carers also need support and attention to maintain their own health and well-being. Short-term accommodation is designed to give carers the opportunity for a temporary rest from their caring duties.
Short-term accommodation provides your loves ones with a short break away, which in turn gives carers respite to relieve stress, renew their energy and restore a sense of balance to their lives. Short-term accommodation care provides a period of freedom from care-giving duties, while loved ones continue to receive the care they require in a safe, caring and professional environment.
Caring for a loved one at home can be rewarding, but at times it can also be very challenging. At Interchange Australia, we understand the difficulties that can arise when caring for a loved one at home. We also understand that there are times that you won’t be available for your loved one due to holidays, business trips or just the need for a personal break.
Interchange Australia provides short-term accommodation at Springett House in Burradoo. This wonderful facility provides carers some down time and they can rest easy knowing their loved ones are benefiting from the care and support we provide in a safe, nurturing environment. At Springett House, we give you the time you need to recharge your batteries so you can continue to provide the best care to your loved one.
The Multiple Benefits of Short Term Accommodation
It is very important to have personal support as a carer, and maintaining your own health is essential to managing your caring responsibilities. Utilising short-term accommodation care before you become exhausted, isolated or overwhelmed can be invaluable to everyone concerned.
In addition to needing down-time for relaxation, short-term accommodation gives you a chance for personal revitalisation by spending time with friends and family, shopping, exercising and doing the things that provide you with personal pleasure and fulfilment in your life.
The benefits include:
- Energy – To be effective as a carer and in your busy life, you must take time to re-energise.
- Getting away from it all – Getting away from the caring situation for even a few hours can give you a renewed sense of purpose.
- Renewal and Relaxation – Taking a walk, strolling through the shops, having lunch with a friend, or just doing whatever brings calm and happiness to you.
- Identity– Remember to maintain your sense of self. You are important, too!
- Perspective – Time away from your caring role allows you to see more clearly and keep things in proper perspective. You might even think of better ways of doing things in the future.
- Engagement – Social isolation can be a huge issues for carers. Please take time to engage with your friends and family.
- Pleasure – Remember that you have the right to enjoy life, and in doing so you have no reason to feel guilty.
You Deserve a Break!
Unless you are Superman or Wonder Woman, it is important to remember that you can’t do it all. Don’t be embarrassed to seek help. Be realistic with how much you can do, for your sake and for your loved ones. Short-term accommodation can provide you with a feeling of revitalisation and refreshment that can keep you whole, both physically and mentally, and enable you to be a better spouse, parent, caregiver and person. For more information on Springett House, our short-term accommodation program and our other professional services, please call us today at 4868 6688. You can also visit us online at www.interchangeau.org