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The Importance of Regular Respite Care

Providing care for an elderly family member is a hugely demanding job, and it requires support in order to be sustainable. Recent research, published in the British Medical Journal, finds that the impact on family carers is financial, emotional, and physical:
“Carers are at greater risk of premature death and higher disease prevalence, while neglect of their own healthcare needs is common. Such poor health is likely to be exacerbated by the social isolation, poor information and support, and financial stress that carers experience. Supporting the mental and physical health and well-being of carers is essential.”
BMJ One way in which carers can be supported is through the provision of regular respite care.