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Why Respite is important

The world is full of stress and tension. We need a break from life’s daily challenges, in order to relax and unwind. Whether you are a participant, a parent, or a caregiver, you must get a chance to step away from it all and get some quality time for yourself. It will recharge your batteries and make you feel relaxed and energized. The NDIS is a fully funded scheme under which people with disabilities are given disability support depending on each individual circumstances and requirements. Visionary Respite and Care is one of the renowned NDIS care providers in Australia.



What is Respite Care?


Respite care may be described as a way that a caregiver can get a temporary break from looking after a person with a disability. It is needed because studies have shown that looking after the elderly, sick, and disabled for extended periods of time can take a toll on the caregiver as well. It can cause them physical and mental issues. That is why respite care is quite necessary. During the respite period, the care of the participant can be given to another individual or a respite provider.




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The Importance of Respite for Caregivers


Respite is needed because ignoring the signs of stress can lead to burnout of the caregiver. The effects of burnout can be disastrous. Physically it can lead to headaches, body aches and insomnia, dependency on drugs, alcohol or medication to cope, or even unexplained weight gain or loss. Mentally, burnout can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety, and wanting to withdraw from social connections.


It is important that caregivers develop an identity that is more than just their daily life. It gives them peace of mind and allows the participant to explore other options, such as joining a SIL – Supported Independent Living, MTA – Medium Term Accommodation, ILO – Individualised Living Options, or SDA – Specialist Disability Accommodation.


1. Helps you get a break

Respite care helps you get the break you need, whether it’s just to share a cup of coffee with a friend or take a well-deserved break away. Your family member will get the care they need through some other arrangement, such as STA – Short Term Accommodation locally or interstate.


2. Allows them a change of scenery

Respite care can give the participant a welcome change of scene. It's comforting to know that your family member is under care that can be entrusted to an STA provider. Both of you get a break and time to yourselves.


3. New Lifestyle Activities

Booking through a respite provider means that they are well-versed in how to take care of people with disabilities and know which activities may stimulate their interests and work towards their goals. It is also an opportunity for the caregiver to take part in their own activities which they enjoy.




Benefits of Respite Care for NDIS Participants


Being part of someone's care team is a rewarding experience, but it can also be demanding. Respite care offers NDIS participants a fantastic opportunity to step outside their usual routine and experience some amazing benefits. Let's look at how this is done.


1. Escape the Ordinary and Make New Connections

Imagine spending all your time in one place. It’s bound to get a little repetitive, right? NDIS participants might face social isolation unintentionally. Respite care breaks this cycle by providing a change of scenery. They can visit new places, explore unfamiliar environments, and meet new people. This can be anything from a weekend getaway to a fun activity or ticking off a bucket list goal – a chance to make fresh connections and feel more included in the community. This can also be done locally or interstate.


2. Activities Tailored Just for You, With a Luxurious Touch

One of the best things about respite care is the focus on individual needs.  Caregivers can work with respite providers to create a personalised plan, filled with activities the participant enjoys. This could be anything from art therapy to sports like swimming or simply relaxing in a comfortable, beautifully decorated environment.


Visionary Respite & Care offers comfortable accommodation with amenities that make the stay enjoyable.  Imagine private bedrooms, delicious meals, and engaging activities – all designed to make the participant feel pampered and supported.


3. Building Confidence Through Independence

Respite care can be a fantastic confidence booster!  It provides a safe space for participants to practice independence in a supportive environment. Respite care workers are there to offer support but also encourage participants to try things on their own.  These small steps towards independence can lead to a big boost in self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment.



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Conclusion


No doubt, as a caregiver, you are entitled to respite care. By taking a well-deserved break, you can relax and unwind, getting more energized. Visionary Respite and Care services for NDIS participants and caregivers include short-term accommodations covering all of Australia. Pick up and drop off services are also available for your convenience in select locations.


You have the choice of staying at one of our own short-term accommodation properties where you can connect with people who are of the same age and share your interests subject to availability. You can even stay at one of our partnered hotels and bring along your caregiver or support worker. We always have 24-hour support services available for your convenience. For further details, please contact us at 0488-230-331, send a query to info@visionaryrespiteandcare.com, or simply visit our website at visionaryrespiteandcare.com


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